Polish squash federation
Squash has not found its way to Poland until quite recently – the first Polish court was established in 1976 in Brodnica, but the first specialized facilities only emerged in the 1990s. A real boom, though, had to wait for the beginning of the 21st century.
Initially, the Polish Squash Federation established in 2002 was an organization consisting of merely a handful of people spending their time together and striving to promote their hobby. Over the years, the membership in PSF grew steadily, with the Federation itself also becoming a member of larger associations and professional bodies such as the World Squash Federation (WSF), the European Squash Federation (ESF) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA– squash equivalent of the ATP).
Nowadays squash popularity in Poland grows rapidly, at rates unprecedented in Europe. To be able to appreciate the comparison and the growth potential one may look at statistics for Germany, our western neighbor. Squash popularity there started increasing dynamically at the end of the 1970s as the first German team took part in international championships. It marked the beginning of a sports craze in the country, with the number of courts going up to 6 thousand over just a few years, while the number of players reached 2 millions. Right now in Poland we have around 200 facilities with squash courts, totaling at 800 courts and 250 thousand players.
The Polish squash centers are increasingly involved in organization of tournaments. In the 2009/2010 season, 120 events were held, compared to more than 650 in 2013/2014.
The Polish Squash Federation is growing, too. Recently, a Juniors’ Program was established. Regional coordinators have been appointed for the Program to manage youth training at selected locations and liaise with coaches and parents.