Marcus Niles has been confirmed as the new Regional Squash Manager for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region.
Squash Waikato and Squash Bay of Plenty have agreed on an innovative joint working relationship through a newly established shared services entity; the Waikato & Bay of Plenty Regional Squash Ltd. The collaboration is seen as a unique way to retain the identity of both districts but to create a way to collaborate and share costs.
Squash Waikato’s Stephen O’Toole is very pleased with the outcome; “this is a new era for our sport in the Waikato, and I am extremely pleased that we have agreed on a partnership with our friends at Squash Bay of Plenty”.
“In tight financial times you have to think outside the box and this is an innovative way for both our Districts to be more efficient and effective” said Squash Bay of Plenty’s Ash Brownrigg
Niles has played squash for 15 years, and has had a long history as a volunteer sports administrator, and was part of the Devoy Squash Centre teams that won the C & B grade Superchamps in consecutive years. He is well qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Recreation Management completed at Auckland Institute of Technology, and having come from the Travel industry, has a background in administration that will put him in good stead in the new role. His family is also heavily involved with squash, with two sons starting their squash journey, and his wife is a keen player, volunteer and committee member.
Niles is looking forward to the opportunity; “It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, I’m extremely passionate about the game, and I am very excited about the possibilities this role allows. I see a huge potential to grow the game in our regions and can’t wait to get out into the squash community and make a positive impact. Squash people are my type of people… easy going, down to earth, and loyal”
Squash New Zealand CEO, Jim O’Grady welcomes the initiative and sees this form of partnership as a forerunner of further change in the sport at a regional level. “There will be positive benefits for all concerned which can only be good for the future growth and development of squash”
The priority for the role is to increase the participation and performance of people playing squash within the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. A major goal is to provide a professional, friendly and helpful service to member clubs and players.