The 2022 Canadian Squash Championships were held in Vancouver from June 1-5, with the all-glass ‘Power Court’ taking centre stage with an iconic setup at Jack Poole Plaza. As part of Squash BC’s support of the event, our team put forth community engagement activities throughout the week and led two additional days of glass-court programming afterwards on June 6-7.
This proved to be an incredible awareness-builder for squash, with hundreds of people getting eyes on the sport for the first time. A huge thank you to the entire team and all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication during the week! Here are the main community engagement highlights from the event:
Squash BC Booth
Throughout the week, the Squash BC team was focused on raising awareness around the sport, increasing community engagement, and bringing new players to the game. With an engaging booth set up near the entrance to the downtown venue, hundreds of people visited, collecting Squash BC sunglasses along with key information about clubs and programs offered around the city and province. An inflatable squash court was an entertaining addition to the booth, giving people of all ages – especially kids – a way to have some fun while gaining an interest in the sport.
Kids On-Court (School Engagement)
On June 7th, Squash BC hosted several Squash Starters school sessions for children to try out the sport and have some fun! Over 50 elementary school students attended the event and participated in a circuit full of squash based activities, including playing on the ‘Power Court’! The classes involved had such a great day that they have already booked a follow-up session at a local squash facility.
On June 6 and 7, Squash BC hosted two days of the Corporate Challenge, a mini-tournament of 3-minute matches between many of the Canadian Squash Championships’ incredible sponsors.
On Day 1, we saw companies Baker Tilly, ELN Living, UnderHill Geomatics, and Fresh Prep go head to head, with Baker Tilly coming out on top. On Day 2, Hillside Wealth emerged victorious, after battling it out with Richardson Wealth, Oxford Properties, and Haebler Group.
What a great way to get our sponsors involved by not only introducing some of them to the sport, but also giving them the opportunity to play on the coveted ‘Power Court’! A big thank you to Tournament Chair Viktor Berg who led the organization of this event and to all participants for two exciting and fun afternoons!
With the Vancouver Squash League coming to an end for the season, what better place to hold the finals than at the all-glass court? On both nights of the VSL Finals, Jack Poole Plaza was a full house, packed with supporters and players eager to soak in the atmosphere and cheer on their teams.
Look out for our full recap article on the VSL Finals coming soon!