The Phil Hancey Squash Fund
Supporting talented young players and the wider community
The Phil Hancey Squash Fund supports both talented young players and the wider community, with two funding opportunities available.
A dedicated and much-loved husband, father, friend and colleague, Phil Hancey sadly passed away in January 2022 following his battle with cardio angiosarcoma. He was an avid squash player and wanted to leave a legacy to support other people who share his passion. In particular, Phil wanted to help aspiring young players and people who may need a little help to start or keep playing the game. With Phil’s vision in mind, the company he worked for, Aiimi Ltd, partnered with England Squash to create The Phil Hancey Squash Fund in his memory.
Whilst you can apply for funding at any time of year, the panel will review applications on a quarterly basis on the following dates in 2024:
- Tuesday 12 March
- Tuesday 11 June
- Tuesday 10 September
- Tuesday 10 December
The Phil Hancey Talent Fund
Phil was passionate about supporting young squash players reach their potential. In recognition of existing financial assistance for players in older age groups through other schemes (e.g. Backing the Best and TASS), Phil’s fund will support players in the U15 and U17 age groups, playing to a high standard within England Squash’s talent pathway and part of the England Potential squads.
The Phil Hancey Community Fund
Phil was a huge advocate for the benefits of playing squash and was keen for his legacy to support more people to discover the game he loved. The Phil Hancey Community Fund will help people overcome some of the potential barriers to starting a new activity by providing grants to both community clubs and individuals:
The Phil Hancey Community Fund - Clubs
Any England Squash affiliated facility can apply for a grant of up to £500 to help deliver squash activities aimed at engaging new players.
The Phil Hancey Community Fund - Individuals
New or existing players, at any level of the game, can apply for a grant of up to £100 to support them to start, or carry-on playing squash. The grant should be used for specific items or activities that help the applicant overcome some of the potential barriers to playing squash.
The fund will prioritise those facilities and players that can demonstrate the greatest need, with all applications assessed by an awarding panel comprising members of England Squash, the England Squash Foundation, Aiimi and Phil’s family.