Recreation and Leisure

30 September 2017
Ashraf Hanafi is the official Black Ball Squash Director
On September 30th, 2017, Mr. Ashraf Hanafi, one of the most significant squash figures, was assigned the Squash Director for Black Ball Sporting Club. Mr. Hanafi has over 35 years of experience in playing and teaching squash.

For over 10 years, Mr. Hanafi was a squash coach and active player in Germany, and after returning to Cairo he worked as head coach of the Egyptian Junior National Team. He has expert teaching experience, having coached most of the famous Egyptian elite players as well as Egyptian Junior World Champions and British Junior Open Winners. Additionally, Mr. Hanafi was the squash world champion and British Open winner for Masters over 35.

Mr. Ahmed El-Abd, BBSC Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Mohamed Raef, BBSC CEO and board member, express great honor of this partnership. They have a shared vision of Black Ball becoming a strategic place for squash athletes. The club currently has one of the largest squash courts complexes in Egypt, with 19 squash courts, including two double courts and one fully glassed center-court. Mr. El-Abd and Mr. Raef are confident that Mr. Hanafi's knowledge, skill, passion, and experience, will create the top squash training programs in the market. These rigorous programs will bring up Egypt's leading squash athletes to compete on both national and international levels and create new world champions.

07 May 2017
Hadia Hosny, leading badminton champion in Africa and Egypt, is now the official badminton supervisor in Black Ball Sporting Club.
On the 7th of May, 2017, the contract signing ceremony took place in the presence of Ms. Hadia Hosny and Mr. Mohamed Raef, Chief Executive Officer of Black Ball for Investment & Sports Development. Hadia Hosny is one of the top badminton champions of the world and the first Egyptian and Arabian badminton player to participate in two Olympic Games (Bejing in 2008 and London in 2012). Ms. Hosny was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Peace and Sports by the University of Cambridge in 2016.

Ms. Hosny and her academy's partnership with Black Ball aims to expand the sport of badminton with the highest universal standards across Egypt. Additionally, the partnership will enhance badminton players by providing them with one of the best sports facilities supervised by the leading badminton athlete with training programs that will equip them to reach their highest potential. Black Ball looks forward to preparing a new generation of badminton players with physical and psychological characteristics that will allow them to excel as champions of the future!

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