Last month saw South African Urban Squash programme Egoli Squash compete on the international stage for the first time ever after they sent two players to Zimbabwe Educational Squash Academy Trust’s 7th anniversary tournament in Harare through the support of the PSA Foundation.
In partnership with Egoli and ZEST squash the two players, Sylvester Mabote and Wesley Ngwenya, travelled from Johannesburg to Harare's Belgravia Sports Club to soak up the atmosphere and experience squash in Zimbabwe.
The PSA Foundation's ReBound initiative provided used clothing and equipment to Egoli Squash earlier this year to help improve their programme, which allows underprivileged children to get involved with squash, and provided both transportation costs to Harare for Mabote and Ngwenya and prizes for those competing in the tournament, which had participants from the under-11 age group right through to senior level.
Director of the Zimbabwe Squash Academy Trust, Mashumba Mukumba, said, “Without the support the PSA are giving us, it would have been very difficult to achieve this.”
Head of Egoli Squash, Glenn Lazarus aded, “In fact, we are planning to make it an annual event where we will have an exchange programme of children. We will start with South Africa and then Europe, Asia and America.
“In Europe we have our pioneer player Ishmael Mubure, who is based in the Netherlands, he will provide links for us with other clubs there and I personally have links in Germany, Poland and Denmark.”