ATCO BRITISH OPEN – MANCHESTER 2009

The 2009 British Open will be held from the 8th to 14th September and will feature the world’s leading male and female professional players who will compete alongside the sport’s most successful annual Masters championships, comprising thirteen age-group events from O35 to O70.
 
In just four years, and following successful stagings in Manchester (2005 and 2007), Nottingham (2006) and Liverpool (2008), internationalSPORTgroup™ in partnership with England Squash have re-established the British Open as the sport’s blue riband event, and both are confident that the support of Manchester City Council will be integral to future success.
 
“The success of the British Open over the past four years means that we can now look forward with genuine optimism,” said internationalSPORTgroup™ Chief Executive Paul Walters.
 
“Suddenly we are talking about squash becoming fashionable again and the resurgence of the British Open will hopefully act as a promotional springboard and give great incentive for more and more youngsters to be involved”.
 
“Sponsors and details of increased prize money levels will be announced over the comings weeks and together with our event partners, we look forward to delivering against our promise of promoting the sport's most prestigious championships in a way that will show new audiences that squash is one of the most exciting participation and spectator sports in the world,” added Walters.
 
England Squash Chief Executive Nick Rider, concurred: “Squash is a genuinely popular sport in this country, with more than half a million regular players. Manchester is our home and this partnership with internationalSPORTgroup and Manchester City Council is a key element in our five year strategy to further widen squash’s popularity, to increase its profile and to continue our success on the international stage”.
 
Eamonn O'Rourke, Head of Leisure for Manchester City Council, concluded: “We’re delighted to be hosting the British Open for the next three years and we look forward to welcoming the world’s finest squash players to Manchester for such a prestigious tournament which will attract thousands of sports fans to the city, and further cement our position as a world class sporting venue.”
 
For further information regarding the British Open – Manchester 2009 visit www.isportgroup.com or email info@isportgroup.com.
 
Issued by iSPORTmedia.com

Sports management company internationalSPORTgroup™ and England Squash and have announced a pioneering new agreement with Manchester City Council to stage the British Open Squash Championships for the next three years, heralding an exciting new era for the world’s most prestigious squash title.