Marjolein Houtsma new president of the Dutch Squash Federation

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Marjolein Houtsma new president of the Dutch Squash Federation

During the general assembly of the Dutch Squash Federation Marjolein Houtsma has been named as the new president of the board. The meeting that was held digitally due to the COVID-19 situation took place on Saturday, June 27th, in the famous Frans Otten Stadium.

 

 

Houtsma is a well-known actor in the world of squash. The former elite squash player participated for over 14 years in the Dutch National Women's Team, won several European trophies and reached a top-20 classification on the world ranking. Besides her active career, she organised many international events including the European Team Championships in Aix-en-Provence (France) in 2010.

 

The still by her very beloved squash sport brought Houtsma over the years a prosperous career. Houtsma took place on the Board of Directors of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and had a long career within NIKE Benelux / Northern Europe where she was a Sports Marketing & Event Manager. Houtsma is currently active as a French teacher in numerous school communities. 

 

Houtsma is looking forward to giving the squash sport something in return: ''The sport has brought me much, and it is a fantastic opportunity to do something in return. The board and bureau took a new and promising direction, and I would like to shoulder the wheel. I feel very confident to take the next steps with them.''

 

Houtsma is the successor of Peter-Paul Scheerder who have been the president for over 1,5 years. Scheerder left the federation behind in financially healthy conditions and looks back over his term: ''It was a pleasure to serve the Dutch squash community and do something in return for my sport as well. In 2015 when I stepped into the board, it was an extraordinary period for Dutch squash, as it is now (COVID-19). The circle is now round again, even though I will continue my efforts for squash in a different way. The sport and its people remain a concern to me. Squash is promising and deserves more. At this point, all the ingredients are there to make it vibrant.

 

During the General Assembly, the current Board of Directors granted discharge from its members over 2019. Another agenda item were the insights over the current year, the impact of COVID-19 for the entire sport and its infrastructure. With the upcoming reopening of the squash facilities (July 1st), the board is full of confident that squash will survive the crisis.

 

The board of the Dutch Squash Federation as of today consists of:

 Marjolein Houtsma

 President

 Felipe Salvé

 Treasurer

 Michiel Schoo

 Secretary

 Eric Dietz

 Board Member

 Glenn Nohar

 Board Member

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