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Coaches are thieves, says Josh Taylor

Coaches are thieves, says Josh Taylor

Learn from the best, then make those ideas your own By JOSH TAYLOR – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent Thieving other people’s knowledge. It’s not a new idea. In fact it’s one I stole from a recent tutoring workshop run by England Squash and Racketball. It’s fair to say that coaching has evolved a lot over years [...]

March 4, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Honesty is always the best policy

Honesty is always the best policy

  Honesty in squash is a great weapon, and why we must not allow cheats to prosper By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Squash is a sport that is frequently played at a ferocious pace, both in terms of the speed applied to the ball and the reaction times required to compete at the highest levels.  Add [...]

February 22, 2015 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Comment, News 14

New WSF coaching system to roll out worldwide

New WSF coaching system to roll out worldwide

Unified qualifications will help the game to grow say WSF By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad Reporter A unified, worldwide coaching qualification is being launched by the World Squash Federation. The WSF Coach Education Programme is a new initiative which heralds the start of a worldwide unified and standardised coaching structure for squash, will be launched on March [...]

February 19, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Danny Massaro on Self-Appreciation and Positive Self Talk

Danny Massaro on Self-Appreciation and Positive Self Talk

‘It’s not your job to like me, that’s my job’  By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Mad Special Columnist Self -Appreciation and Positive Self Talk can really help you on your way. Life can be hard to deal with sometimes, so one of the most important things you can do is at least encourage yourself and be nice [...]

February 8, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Fun Stuff, News 0

Danny Massaro joins Squash Mad

Danny Massaro joins Squash Mad

Danny Massaro: Husband, ball machine, bag carrier and coach By MIKE DALE – Squash Mad UK Danny Massaro has been a squash coach for 15 years. His most famous protégé also happens to be his wife, current world champion Laura Massaro. Danny is also a lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Psychology. As a prelude [...]

November 4, 2014 Mike Dale Coaching and Development, Growing the game, Interviews, News 2

Jonathon Power lands new role with Squash Canada

Jonathon Power lands new role with Squash Canada

Legend known as the McEnroe of squash to lead National Centre of Excellence Canada’s former world No.1, Jonathon Power, has been hired to lead Squash Canada’s National Centre of Excellence Program beginning this September. Power, one of the most iconic and influential names in squash worldwide, will lead the day-to-day training environment of Squash Canada’s [...]

August 19, 2014 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Learn from the English Shabana: Jonathan Kemp

Learn from the English Shabana: Jonathan Kemp

Kent Open Final 2013: Jonathan Kemp v Adrian Waller Fantastic video by Joe Magor showing real quality squash from these two left-handers. Kempy will be back at The Mote Squash Club to defend his Kent Open title in June. This is actually a great camera angle, and clearly shows the phenomenal movement around the court [...]

May 19, 2014 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, Kent Open, News, Squash Around The World 0

Cassie’s Corner: Building stars of the future

Cassie’s Corner: Building stars of the future

Two junior programs, at opposite ends of the world, share the same goals As previously reported by Squash Mad, Australia have decided not to send a team to the World Junior Championships in Namibia in August. As previous winners their presence will be missed. As explained in the article, a new program is being developed [...]

February 17, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game 0

Coach’s Corner: Jonathan Kemp joins Squash Mad

Coach’s Corner: Jonathan Kemp joins Squash Mad

Eliminate the overswing and success will follow, says Jonathan Kemp By JONATHAN KEMP – SQUASH MAD COLUMNIST THE backhand drop should be one of the most effective shots in your arsenal. Executed confidently and several points can be won without dispelling too much energy. Unfortunately, many amateur players seem afraid of the perceived ‘risks’ attached [...]

January 21, 2014 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, News 0

My training secrets by Nick Matthew

My training secrets by Nick Matthew

    ow many hours do you spend training a week? About four hours a day, six days a week. This has altered over the years: I think when you’re younger you do a few stupid things which, these days, the body wouldn’t be able to cope with. Training smart not hard, with lots of [...]

October 19, 2013 Lee Horton Coaching and Development, Interviews 1

Female stars launch new Manchester programme

Female stars launch new Manchester programme

Female Squash Stars Launch New Manchester Programme From SCARLETT SMITH England’s largest squash coaching programme goes from strength to strength after a boost from sports brand HEAD UK. Two of England’s top female squash stars, British Open champion and Lancashire girl Laura Massaro and teammate Jenny Duncalf entertained local residents with a display of world-class squash to celebrate the [...]

July 26, 2013 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, ESR, News 0

British Open: Willstrop courts the future in Hull

British Open: Willstrop courts the future in Hull

World number three James Willstrop has opened five new glass back squash courts at a launch party at the University of Hull celebrating the new state-of-the-art facility invested in by England Squash & Racketball. Also attending the opening was Vice Chancellor Calie Pistorius and British Open title sponsor Assem Allam, who was instrumental in bringing the [...]

April 18, 2013 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, ESR, News 0

ESR: Matthew launches The Big Hit

ESR: Matthew launches The Big Hit

January 28, 2013; England Squash and Racketball are hoping the launch of their Big Hit campaign will attract younger players to the sport. The Big Hit is a new development brand, and the banner under which all of ESR’s informal participation products and offers will be presented to the sporting public. The Big Hit campaign is aimed [...]

January 30, 2013 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, ESR, News 0

ESR: The world flocks to Sheffield for British Junior Open

ESR: The world flocks to Sheffield for British Junior Open

  By SCARLETT SMITH More than 500 of the world’s leading junior squash players are set to descend on Sheffield next week, when the city stages its 18th renewal of the prestigious Tecnifibre British Junior Championships across the  three locations from 2nd – 6th January 2013. The British Junior Open is one of the biggest squash events [...]

December 28, 2012 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, ESR, News 0

ESR: Squash receives £13m cash boost from Sport England

ESR: Squash receives £13m cash boost from Sport England

Announcement today from Sport England: Sport England has committed £13.5 million to squash and racketball with the twin aims of increasing the number of people playing the sport while maintaining the national squad’s world number one status. Squash is one of three non-Olympic sports whose elite programmes are supported by Sport England alongside its talent [...]

December 19, 2012 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, ESR, News 0