Squash was inspired by the game of rackets which dates back to the early 19th century in The Fleet Prison in London. Prisoners used to enjoyed hitting a ball against walls using rackets. The official invention of the game of squash was around 1830 in Harrow school, when students discovered that when hitting a punctured Rackets ball on the wall, it ‘squashed’ and produced a greater variety of shots and much more effort on the part of the players.
In 1864 the first four Squash courts were built at the school and Squash was officially recognized as a sport. In 1886 the first set of rules were approved and by the 1890s the game was popular in many parts of the world.
In the UK, squash was managed by a Squash sub-committee of the Tennis and Rackets Association from 1908 to 1928 until the Squash Rackets Association was founded. The first professional Squash Championship was organized in 1920 in England, then in 1922, the British Open tournament was organized for both men and women at Queen’s Club in London.
Squash has since become popular worldwide thanks to its health benefits:
Develops agility – playing squash requires leaping, spinning, bending, jumping, sprinting and running which requires and fosters its players to be nimble, and agile in being able to quickly stop, start, and change direction. Squash helps increase speed and pace around the court by forcing players to move quickly while maintaining a strong and balanced position in order to hit a ball hard and accurately.
Develop hand-eye coordination – Squash promotes good hand-eye coordination as it requires players to repeatedly look for the ball across the court and adjust the body and hand to hit the ball back under competitive stress which forces the body to hone in on target and destination. The coordinated control of eye movement, and hand movement improves accuracy and increases finesse of movement. As hand-eye coordination has the tendency to decrease when one stops participating in activities that foster this type of coordination, squash is the number one sport to ensure your coordination abilities are well-developed.