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Colombia to host WSF coaching conference

Colombia to host WSF coaching conference

David Palmer and Sarah Fitz-Gerald lead coaching talks By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent   The World Squash Federation has confirmed that Colombia will host the WSF Coaching Conference 2017. The now annual event will take place from September 14-16 at Club Campestre de Bucaramanga in Bucaramanga, one of Colombia’s rapidly expanding cities. “We [...]

April 7, 2017 Howard Harding Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Squash Classroom project launches in Pakistan

Squash Classroom project launches in Pakistan

Squash Classroom project backed by Australia’s sporting diplomacy policy By Squash Australia   The Pakistan Squash Federation has launched a new development initiative in collaboration with Squash Australia and Sport Matters. The Squash Classroom is a development project proudly supported by the Australian Government that will use squash to promote health, gender equality and education [...]

March 29, 2017 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Squash and study brings winning results

Squash and study brings winning results

Squash and academia partnerships in the UK By ROSANNA RADLINSKA – Squash Mad Columnist   As a parent of a sixth form student/squash player, I feel it is the right time to explore the opportunities of combining squash and studies in the UK. I have had a look at the University of the West of England and the Elite [...]

March 20, 2017 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Interviews, News 1

Nick Taylor: Choose the right ball to help players learn and enjoy the game

Nick Taylor: Choose the right ball to help players learn and enjoy the game

Double yellows kill the game so try different colours! By NICK TAYLOR    In my opinion 90% of squash players are using the wrong ball. It drives me mad watching amateur and junior players using double yellow dots, having pointless two-shot rallies, not having to use skill, technique or tactical awareness, and coming off the court [...]

March 5, 2017 NICK TAYLOR Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 13

More podiums, please, say resurgent Scots

More podiums, please, say resurgent Scots

Paul Bell heralds new dawn in the North By MIKE GREGSON – Squash Mad Scottish Correspondent   These are heady days for Scottish Squash. As teams gather for the World Doubles in Darwin – including two Scots men’s pairs – there is optimism in the air. A breakthrough Men’s European Team Bronze, and a young [...]

August 6, 2016 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Last chance to apply for top job at Leicester

Last chance to apply for top job at Leicester

Leicester Squash Club, one of the leading clubs in the East Midlands with more than 300 members, are seeking a new Head Coach. Applications, which are being managed by Fantasy Squash, close early next week. Full details below. Leicester Squash Club: Head Coach Part-time salaried coaching role at Leicester Squash Club through Fantasy Squash. 16 [...]

July 15, 2016 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Coaching with Hadrian Stiff: Timing and rhythm

Coaching with Hadrian Stiff: Timing and rhythm

Feel and flow come first By HADRIAN STIFF – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist   In the endless search for better ball striking, accuracy and control, the debate around technique will always sit at the front of any discussion. In this article I will investigate ways in which I work towards these goals but primarily to help [...]

April 19, 2016 Hadrian Stiff Coaching and Development, News 0

Love those lunges

Love those lunges

British Open picture special by Patrick Lauson By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Lunging is a big part of a squash player’s workload. The fact that most players take it for granted shows what phenomenal athletes they are. The lunge is often used as a player moves in to keep the ball in play when [...]

March 25, 2016 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News, Squash Around The World 0

Nick Matthew Academy can take juniors to the top

Nick Matthew Academy can take juniors to the top

One Health sponsor world champion’s Sheffield academy By FAYE ANDREWS   Squash superstar Nick Matthew has taken the first steps to securing a lasting legacy in the sport by teaming up his own academy with One Health Group, the Apex Squash and Racketball Programme and the Hallamshire Squash Club in a unique partnership. The Sheffield-based three-time [...]

February 27, 2016 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Activate your body for squash

Activate your body for squash

Taking a new, in-depth look at the warm-up By DAVE IRESON   We all hear people discussing “warming up” and “cooling down”, and many of us choose to ignore these elements of sport, more than likely because the science or benefit behind it has never been explained to us, or indeed how these things impact [...]

February 14, 2016 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Danny Massaro: When pushing is the right thing to do

Danny Massaro: When pushing is the right thing to do

Parents, teachers and coaches show they care when pushing pupils to succeed By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Mad Guest Editor   The phrase “pushy parent” is mostly used in derogatory terms. It insinuates a controlling parent being overbearing on the poor victim child, who would do much better if their mum or dad backed off. What [...]

January 24, 2016 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, News 5

Tribute to time lord Amr Shabana

Tribute to time lord Amr Shabana

Changing pace is the key to greatness By JOSH TAYLOR – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist What do Mo Farah, Barcelona FC, and Amr Shabana all have in common? Obviously they are multiple-time champions of their disciplines and they are all loved by their fans. But why do we love them and why are they so successful? What [...]

August 31, 2015 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News 0

Squash Mad City Blogs: Spotlight on Manchester

Squash Mad City Blogs: Spotlight on Manchester

Squash? Mad for it in Manchester as growth of top-class strategy and academy delivers results By CHRIS LENGTHORN (2008-2015 Manchester Head Coach)   Manchester has been named the “home of squash” since the Commonwealth Games took place here in 2002. The programme since that day has grown in participation, structure, performance and engagement. The last [...]

July 26, 2015 Guest Contributor City Blogs, Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

How squash can build self-esteem in women

How squash can build self-esteem in women

A female-only environment can help nervous women to get to grips with squash By LAUREN SELBY – Off The Wall Squash Academy   My first coaching session today is ladies’ morning, a mixture of different characters, abilities and ages. All the ladies are a pleasure to coach, eager to learn, but nothing is taken too [...]

July 15, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Brad Hindle leads squash camps in St Petersburg

Brad Hindle leads squash camps in St Petersburg

Top coach Brad Hindle leads summer squash camps in St Petersburg Leading squash coach Bradley Hindle arrives in Russia in July. There will be squash camps under his leadership. The venue will be the RC CLUB, a recently opened sports centre in the heart of Saint Petersburg. Hindle is moving into coaching after a successful playing [...]

June 25, 2015 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0