Sport England has pledged £4,000 to support an ambitious outdoor court project organised by Bounty Squash Club in Basingstoke, England.
The Crowdfunder project, which is seeking £10,000 of investment, aims to help squash evolve through the construction of a full-sized outdoor floodlit court behind the club’s existing indoor courts.
With outdoor squash courts becoming increasingly popular around the world, Bounty Squash Club’s project – which has been supported by PSA Foundation and Rackets Cubed from the outset – is an exciting pilot for a low-cost model that would maximise accessibility.
Already, construction of the prototype is underway, with the next step being plans to resurface the floor, add draining and flood lights before formal planning permission is achieved and construction of the full-sized court begins.
While the project has been well-supported by members of the public, news of Sport England’s support – on the condition of a total of 50 individual supporters backing the project – comes as a welcome boost.
This support from Sport England is a significant part of the Birmingham 2022 legacy, with the financial grant categorised by the public body as: “Community sport and physical activity groups looking to create, enhance or redevelop sports facilities for the benefit of their community as part of Birmingham 2022.”
With just over one week remaining of the Crowdfunder campaign, there’s still time to get involved in the project, with a number of exciting rewards – including sports gear, PSA World Tour final tickets, and opportunities to play with professionals – available for supporters.