SCOTTISH Squash took a huge leap of faith about four months ago when they agreed to host the WSF World Doubles Championship at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow.

The tournament took place last week and they did an amazing job. They played host to around 15 countries, bringing some of the top players in the world together to put on a showcase event that was absolutely thrilling to watch. Talk about fast paced, my eyes had trouble keeping up!

This is a growing sport and I have to say, Scottish Squash is one of the most amiable organisations to work with, keen to ensure diversity in all areas and open to challenge and change. Two of my favourite athletes are elite squash players, Lisa Aitken and Georgia Adderley, and both gave a good show, although were just pipped to a final showdown place.

It really was a fingers-crossed time, prior to the launch of the event. With Covid still a major consideration, it’s fair to say that the organisers had a lot of sleepless nights. It was a real comfort to them that they managed to attract so many influential partners to support this event and also to have it live-streamed, giving everyone an opportunity to watch the action. It’s good to see that they partnered with Heart Research UK, a charity that SW/S have supported in the past. It felt normal, it felt safe and it felt pretty good to be back in that type of environment.

The next big event to kick-off literally, is Scotland’s game against Spain at Hampden tomorrow night. There is a score to settle here as the away game saw the heaviest loss in recent times, going down 8-0 in Spain, so it is time to balance the books. It may even be a little bit personal for the SWNT, as their coach, Pedro Martinez Losa, who took over from Shelley Kerr in July 2021, hails from Spain.

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding tickets for this match, however the Scottish FA has been quick to clarify its position, saying: “Every seat in Hampden Park will be made available should the demand require it.”

They are urging fans to turn up in person on the night,#bringthenoise and support the SWNT.