Miguel Angel Rodriguez will be part of the WSF Ambassador Programme this year ©WSF

Armenia and Ukraine will host the 2017 World Squash Federation (WSF) Ambassador Programme later this year.

Launched in 2011, the inspired WSF international promotional initiative takes two leading players, together with an international coach and referee, into younger squash nations to help raise the sport's profile.

This is achieved through clinics, exhibition matches, refereeing and coaching seminars and media presentations.

Malaysia's record eight-time women's world champion Nicol David and Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, South America's highest-ranked player of all-time, will lead the latest WSF initiative into the Armenian and Ukrainian capitals of Yerevan and Kiev respectively.

David, a WSF Ambassador on several occasions, and Rodriguez will be joined by Belgian national coach Ronny Vlassaks and international referee Marko Podgorsek, from Slovenia.

The 2017 campaign will take place between June 27 to July 2.

Nicol David will also be involved in the programme to Armenia and Ukraine ©Getty Images
Nicol David will also be involved in the programme to Armenia and Ukraine ©Getty Images

"The whole group is excited about meeting and interacting with the squash communities, sports authorities and media in Armenia and Ukraine," said WSF chief executive, Andrew Shelley.

"As ever, the opportunity to help younger Federations with their developmental and promotional work is one we relish."

The WSF Ambassador Programme first visited the Baltic country of Latvia in 2011 followed by a trip to the African countries of Malawi and Namibia.

Panama and Venezuela were the chosen locations in 2013 while Papua New Guinea hosted the 2014 programme. 

Efforts then focused on the Balkan region in 2015 with appearances in Serbia, Romania and Croatia.

Last year, the team visited Dalian and Macau in China.