European Team Championships will be split!

The European Squash Federation has decided to run the European Team Championships (ETC) in a new format. The increasing size of the ETC, which feature almost 50 teams, has led to difficulties in finding hosts. “Only a few countries have facilities located close to an international airport, a venue with 12 to 13 courts and accommodation with 450 to 500 beds,” explained ESF President Hugo Hannes (BEL, pic). From 2011 onwards there will be an ETC of three divisions, with divisions 1 and 2 taking place at the same time and venue, and division 3 to be played in another location. Division 1 with eight men’s and eight women’s teams, and Division 2 with 12 men’s and eight women’s teams. All others will compete in Division 3. There will be opportunities for relegation of two teams between all divisions. Finland and Hungary will be the first nations who will host the new-style ETC next year.