Zambia junior squash gets major boost

All Africa Senior Squash Championships
THE Zambia Squash Association (ZSA)’s efforts to boost junior squash in the country through the Donate-A-Racquet programme has received a major boost with the World Squash Federation donating up to 50 rackets towards the venture.

ZSA president, Norena Chiteba announced in Lusaka yesterday that the donation from the world body brings to 87 the total number of racquets donated to the programme aimed at equipping the junior squash with proper kit, which was one of the biggest challenges being faced in the sport.
Chiteba said the programme launched on September 11, 2013 was beginning to bear fruit and hoped for more sponsorship towards the cause in the coming days.
She said the number of squash balls donated to the ZSA’s Donate-A-Racket programme has reached 284, which was just above the half mark of the 500 squash balls that the association had earmarked for the programme.
“Andrew Shelley, the chief executive of the World Squash Federation is pleased to be part of this initiative and hopes that it will go a long way in improving the sport at junior level,” an ecstatic Chiteba said.
She also appealed to the corporate world and individuals interested in the development of squash in the country to come forward and assist the youth development programme by donating towards the Donate-a-Racquet programme.
Meanwhile, ZSA has announced the postponement of the Copperbelt senior squash tournament from this weekend to the next.
“The Copperbelt Seniors tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to October 4-6 at the Ndola Squash Club. This is to provide for enough time to put logistics in place,” she said.
Chiteba said the venue and time remained unchanged.
She said the Copperbelt Senior tournament was open to all and was targeted at attracting local and foreign players in both the men’s and women’s categories.