A huge step
in our Sport History
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 sport.
"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
"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
opportunity for both genders at the elite level.
"Our ambitions are to drive the sport forward as a whole,
increasing the total prize money available for both men and
women in squash and in doing so, delivering increased
opportunities for women to earn the same financial rewards
as their male equivalents and we have longer-term plans in
place to move towards a position where we can achieve parity
"We also 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 Delaware Investments 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 tours.
“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
"The response from both memberships has been overwhelmingly
positive and we are looking forward to starting the
transition phase to unify the two associations.”