Birmingham has been awarded the hosting rights to squash’s British Junior Open for the next three years ©University of Birmingham

Birmingham has been awarded the hosting rights to squash’s British Junior Open (BJO) for the next three years.

It comes as the English city is bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where squash will be one of the core events.

The University of Birmingham, in collaboration with the Edgbaston Priory Club, successfully bid to England Squash for Birmingham to be the next host of the BJO, following 22 years of the event being held in Sheffield.

The 2018 edition is scheduled to take place from January 3 to 7.

Attracting 450 players, 250 coaches and representatives from more than 30 nations, the BJO is the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

The University is home to six glass-back squash courts at its Sport and Fitness Club, which opened in May this year.

An additional all-glass show court will be erected in the Sport and Fitness Club’s arena, enabling up to 500 spectators to view the games from all sides.

The other West Midlands venues that will host will be the Edgbaston Priory Club, Solihull Arden Club and the West Warwickshire Club, with a total of 15 courts spread between them.

The University has also secured its first-ever global event for the new facilities and for the city with the 2018 World University Squash Championships due to be held at the Sport and Fitness Club.

Around 100 male and female competitors will compete for both individual and team titles.

If Birmingham is successful in its bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the University would provide the competition venues for squash.

Birmingham is currently bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Birmingham 2022/Twitter
Birmingham is currently bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Birmingham 2022/Twitter

Zena Wooldridge, director of sport at the University, says it’s such a fantastic time to be involved in the sport.

"Following the success of the World Masters Championships in Birmingham in 2012, we're delighted to be back in partnership with Edgbaston Priory, Solihull Arden and West Warwickshire Clubs to host the British Junior Open," she said.

"We're very aware of the unique heritage and profile of the BJO, and we're very excited that Birmingham, and the fantastic new facilities we now have will provide a fabulous experience for the best young players from across the world.

"It's an exciting opportunity, and we can't wait to welcome everyone to Birmingham in the New Year."

Entries to the 2018 BJO are open until October 16, 2017.

Birmingham looks set to be the only bidder for the 2022 Commonwealth Games because Kuala Lumpur is not expected to receive the support of the Malaysian Government in time.

The deadline set by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for cities to announce they are bidding is September 30.

insidethegames has been told that the Government in Malaysia, led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, would rather consider a campaign for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Kuala Lumpur had been one of several cities which had expressed an interest in replacing Durban after the South African city was stripped of the Games in March by the CGF following their failure to meet a series of financial deadlines.

Potential bidders, however, have steadily faded away and only Birmingham now remains in having made a firm commitment to stage the event.

Victoria's bid team are continuing to try to keep their bid alive but lack of support from either the Provincial Government in British Columbia or the Federal administration in Ottawa will not help.

Australia had always claimed they would only bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games if no other country came forward because the Gold Coast is already staging it next year.