2014 World Squash Federation Conference & Annual General Meeting

2014 World Squash Federation Conference and Annual General Meeting
16th – 18th, October 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

LOGO-MAIN-267x300Thursday 16th – Friday 17th October, WSF AGM Conference days
Saturday 18th October, WSF AGM

Each year the World Squash Federation (WSF), the international governing body for the sport, invites all its member nations, committee members and partners to participate in the two day conference which will feature a number of presentations and discussions of general interest.

The WSF AGM which follows is the formal element of proceedings and attended by member nations.

The meeting and related conference this year is being hosted during the U.S. Open Squash Championships which offers World Series level squash competition for men and women in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

WSF CONFERENCE AND AGM DELEGATE PACKAGES
(Prices expressed and payable in U.S. Dollars)

• $785 per delegate FULL MEMBER DELEGATE PACKAGE per delegate 

• $615 per delegate MEMBER DELEGATE (NON-TICKET) PACKAGE (excludes #6)

• $395 per guest        DELEGATE GUEST PASS (excludes #2-4)

• $225 per guest        DELEGATE GUEST PASS (NON-TICKET) (excludes #2-4,6)

PACKAGE BENEFITS

1. Airport - Hotel - Airport transportation;
2. Conference attendance on 16th and 17th October;
3. Lunches at the Conference and after the AGM on 16th, 17th and 18th October;
4. Tea/Coffee breaks at the Conference and AGM on 16th, 17th and 18th October;
5. Welcome reception on 15th October hosted by US Squash;
6. VIP Premium U.S. Open Seating on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th October (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals) including light food and drink pass;
7. AGM Formal Dinner on 18th October;
8. Conference/AGM gift and delegate special offer of 20% off all merchandise sold at the event.

Accommodation/hotel costs ARE NOT INCLUDED in the packages.

TO RESERVE YOUR Delegate and/or Guest Package for the Conference and AGM, click here.

Refund policy: All cancellations before 12:00am EST 18-Sep-2014, will receive a full refund. All cancellations after 12:00am EST 18-Sep-2014 will not be refunded. 

HOST HOTEL

• Rates for single (queen bed) or double (two queen beds) will $181.33/night INCLUDING breakfast and all local/hotel taxes.
• To reserve a room, please email membership@ussquash.com for a reservation link.
• The host hotel for the WSF Conference and AGM is the Sheraton Philadelphia – University City Hotel.
• The hotel is conveniently located at 3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 and is a two block walk from the host site of the U.S. Open Squash Championships Drexel University, and a short public transportation (SEPTA) ride from most Philadelphia tourist attractions.

Hotel Cancellation policy: If you cancel between 31-Mar-2014 and 6:00 PM local time on 14-Oct-2014, there will be no forfeiture amount. If you cancel after 6:00 PM local time on 14-Oct-2014, the forfeiture amount will be a 1 night stay.

Should you wish assistance in being paired with a delegate of the same gender, please email office@ussquash.com.

TOURS

Tours and other visitor functions will be coordinated happily by the host committee for the WSF Conference and Annual General Meeting. As a member of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, US Squash has access to incredible resources to enhance the experience. www.discoverphl.com offer apps to download and many guides to making the trip a memorable one.

ABOUT PHILADELPHIA

The City of Philadelphia is home to some of the most historic sites in the United States including The Liberty Bell, the American Philosophical Society Museum and Independence Hall. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. The American Philosophical Society Museum is where in 1743, writer, statesman, scientist and arguably Philly's favorite son Benjamin Franklin founded the American Philosophical Society.

It is the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the country. Known as The City of Brotherly Love, it was founded in 1682 by William Penn and by the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London. The city is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania, and is home to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and several Fortune 500 companies. Philadelphia is also known for its art and culture and boasts some of the best museums in the world.

AIR TRAVEL

The Philadelphia International Airport is one of the largest in the U.S. serving the 5th largest metropolitan area. It has undergone more than $1 billion in capital improvements since 2000. Thirty airlines provide more than 600 daily departures to 124 cities including more than 80 nonstop flights to 38 international cities. It is one of the few airports in the world with a rotating Exhibitions Program and a Performing Arts Program.

THE U.S. OPEN

The U.S. Open is the most prestigious squash tournament in the United States, and one of the most significant in the world. It is a major international display of supreme talent in squash, showcasing the top players from around the world, and bringing fanatical visitors from across the globe to view elite competition.

The event forms part of the professional World Series tour for both the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women’s Squash Association (WSA). It is especially unique as it is one of only a few combined World Series stops for both the Men’s and Women’s tour.

Starting in 1954, the U.S. Open has a tradition of intense competition in a dynamic atmosphere. It has previously been held in iconic locations such as Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park in Chicago and Symphony Hall in Boston.

Since 2011, the U.S. Open has been held in Philadelphia, at the heart of the squash community, where Drexel University is transformed into a world-class showcase venue to host the prominent event.

The formal dinner on October 18th may also include the US Squash Hall of Fame induction ceremony, an outstanding opportunity for all delegates and their guests to experience an inside look into the US Squash community.

US SQUASH

US Squash, the AGM host, is the national governing body and membership organization for the sport of squash in the United States. Founded in 1904 and headquartered in New York City, it is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

US Squash’s mission is to enhance people’s health and well being by increasing participation in squash, to enrich the experiences of our members of all ages, and to build awareness of the sport, valuing excellence, professionalism and fiscal responsibility.

US Squash prioritizes the growth of squash as its overall goal. US Squash’s vision is for all people to have the opportunity to enhance their health and well being through the sport of squash.

Since 2005, membership has increased 149%, and participation in the US has increased 126% to 1.3 million players according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. In addition, long term management partnerships have been established with all major squash bodies in the US including the College Squash Association (CSA), the New England Interscholastic Squash Association (NEISA), and the National Urban Squash & Education Association (NUSEA), where US Squash President & CEO Kevin Klipstein serves as one of the original members of the Board of Directors.

US Squash proudly hosted the 1998 World Men's Junior Squash Championships at Princeton University and more recently, the 2011 World Women's Junior Squash Championships at Harvard University.