In 1982 the ‘catch em’ young’ programme was launched. The National Junior Development Programme was launched in 1985 and talents such as Nicol David, Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan Iskandar emerged. SRAM’s National Junior Development had an added impetus in 1996, through support from National Sports Council (MSN). We appointed a National Development Officer – Peter Chee and several State Development Officers. The programme was further enhanced in 2006 when CIMB Foundation came on board as a partner. Besides sponsoring the top players at the time such as Nicol David, Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Ong Beng Hee, the Foundation also played a key role in the junior programmes. With the Foundation firmly behind, SRAM was able to step up in expanding the programmes, especially to the state affiliates. A key component of the junior development was the introduction of more competitions for budding juniors with the CIMB Rising Star National Junior Circuits (RSNJC) and the CIMB National Junior Circuits (NJC) becoming crucial platforms for juniors to showcase their talents. The support of the Foundation also allowed SRAM to provide incentives to juniors who excelled, such as earning a chance to compete at the prestigious British Junior Open or the Asian Junior Championships.
Some of the players who have benefitted from the CIMB Junior Development Programme include:Ng Eain Yow -WSF World Junior Champion in 2016, Three-time British Junior Open champion and 2018 ASF Asian Games gold medalist (team)
Sivasangari Subramaniam – WSF World Junior Team Championships silver medalist (2017), Two-time British Junior Open champion and 2018 Asian Games silver medalist (individual)
Aifa Azman – WSF World Junior Individual Championships bronze medalist (2019), WSF World Junior Team Championships silver medalist (2017), Three-time British Junior Open champion and Youngest Malaysian winner on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour. CIMB Foundation has also provide scholarships to Ng Eain Yow and Sivasangari Subramaniam to further their studies abroad.
World Junior Team Championships silver medalist (2017), Two-time British Junior Open champion and 2018 Asian Games silver medalist (individual)
World Junior Individual Championships bronze medalist (2019), World Junior Team Championships silver medalist (2017), Three-time British Junior Open champion and Youngest Malaysian winner on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour.
This is one of the most important initiatives by SRAM. It is an opportunity to coordinate the promotion of squash in selected schools, with the Ministry of Education (MoE) through the Pusat Latihan Daerah (PLD). National Elite coach Shahril Shahidan was initially appointed to oversee the development programme in the eight schools – Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Seri Indera (Perlis), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seri Pagi (Negri Sembilan), SMK Dato’ Haji Ahmad Badawi (Penang), SMK TPP Tengku Muhammad (Pahang), SK Jalan Bintang (Sarawak), SMK Bukit Nenas (Terengganu), SMK Tunku Ismail (Kedah) and SMK Jelapang Jaya (Perak). The first inter-PLD tournament was held on Oct 21, 2017 at SMK Seri Pagi, involving 200 school children. As a result of this programme, squash has since been elevated to a Sukan Prestasi Tinggi Sekolah (SPTS) status under the MoE, thus enhancing SRAM’s commitment to development at grassroot levels.
Persatuan Squash Malaysia Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM)
National Squash Centre, National Sports Centre, Bukit Jalil, 57000, Kuala Lumpur