WSA & PSA To Join Forces In Historic
30 October 2014
The Professional Squash Association (PSA)
and Women's Squash Association (WSA) are set to join
forces in an historic merger that will see the professional
ranks in the sport of squash administered by one unified
governing body for the first time ever.
Following a lengthy consultation process
involving the sport's major stakeholders over the past ten
months, which included inviting both memberships of the PSA and
WSA to vote on the proposed merger, a decision was reached on
Monday October 28 that will see the Professional Squash
Association operate as the governing body for both the women's
and men's ranks from January 1, 2015.
Continuing to operate under the existing
PSA name, the re-formed organisation will be responsible for
running the men's and women's professional game with the
strategic aims of increasing the level of equality and parity in
prize money and playing opportunities across the professional
"We have been in discussion with the WSA
since the beginning of 2014 regarding a potential merger between
the two associations," said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
"Both parties felt that a merger would
provide a more unified base from which to grow the sport of
squash across the globe and to proactively increase the levels
of equality and opportunity for both genders at the elite level.
"We are committed to driving the sport
forward and have long-term plans in place to achieve parity in
prize-money across the sport and ensure that equal opportunities
are available for both male and female squash players.
"Whilst also driving forward equality, we
feel that a unified body will allow us to present a more
appealing product to potential sponsors and broadcast partners
and we look forward to undertaking the new challenge when the
cross-over period is completed in what will be an exciting new
era for the sport."
As a result of the merger the WSA will now
begin a wind-down process, set to be completed by December 31st
2014, when squash will usher in an exciting new era of
joint-responsibility and unified governance.
With the US Open leading the way in
driving the equality-agenda within the sport, having moved to a
position of offering equal prize money for the first time in
2013, the long-term aims of the PSA will be to increase the
overall level of prize money available in squash and narrow the
gap between genders.
"The WSA members are very excited to merge
with the men and form one unified governing body for
professional squash," said WSA Chief Executive Tommy Berden.
"Over the past ten months we have been
able to discuss in depth how the merger will benefit our sport
and we really feel this is the right time to move things forward
for both the men's and the women's tour.
"It's encouraging to see that more
promoters are following the example set by the US Open to pay
equal prize money and we are expecting more events to follow
suit in the upcoming year.
"The response from both memberships has
been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to
starting the transition phase to unify the two associations."
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