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Peter Nicol’s drop shots

Peter Nicol’s drop shots

From www.squashskills.com Peter Nicol tells Jethro Binns all about drop shots – and shows how to play them httpv://www.youtube.com/embed/TINLjcIE5Eg [...]

April 2, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Canary Wharf Classic, Coaching and Development, News, Videos 0

Video: The essence of squash

Video: The essence of squash

Fantastic film here entitled The Essence of Squash. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNKCCBC5qBY   And a brilliant trick shot here from Jonathon Power from the Super Series at Broadgate Arena. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwqwQ-vszpY&feature=rec-LGOUT-real_rn-1r-7-HM   And, is this the craziest thing you have ever seen on a squash court …. as an exhausted  35-year-old John White continues to fling himself all over [...]

March 28, 2011 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News, Videos 0

MATTHEW THE MASTER

MATTHEW THE MASTER

Nick Matthew showed to a packed house at the East Wintergarden exactly why he is world champion and world number one as he came out with all guns blazing after losing the first game to completely demolish Peter Barker’s hopes of lifting the Canary Wharf title. Barker looked superb as he gained his first victory [...]

March 26, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Canary Wharf Classic, Coaching and Development, ESR, News, Refs and Rules 0

Nick Matthew: The pain game and mind games

Nick Matthew: The pain game and mind games

By ALAN THATCHER Daryl Selby dived full-length into the back right corner, chasing down a shot from Nick Matthew as the world champion advanced towards victory in the quarter-finals of the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic. It was a perfect length from Matthew and a spectacular dive from Selby, more in desperation than hope, as [...]

March 24, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Canary Wharf Classic, Coaching and Development, News 0

Call me Popeye!

Call me Popeye!

By ALAN THATCHER Yes, you can call me Popeye if you like! Because my new, life-changing diet is based on the cartoon character’s favourite food, spinach. After years of following the wrong advice about sports nutrition, and over-eating carbohydrates, I have switched to a protein-rich diet with every main meal featuring healthy helpings of spinach. [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News 0

Canary Wharf injury crisis: What next?

Canary Wharf injury crisis: What next?

Photo (courtesy of www.canarywharfsquash.com) James Willstrop keels over with cramp A fascinating insight here  into how referees may “adjust” rules in the interests of sportsmanship. Rod Symington and Graham Walters deal with an issue that arose during last year’s ISS Canary Wharf Classic semi-final showdown between Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, when Willstrop dived full-length [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Refs and Rules 1

The Squash Official Newsletter

The Squash Official Newsletter

Thanks to Barry Faguy for emailing through the latest, mid-season edition of The Squash official Newsletter. I always enjoy the exchanges of views and advice for officials, and it really is essential reading for players, too. You can view it online at: http://www.squash.ca/e/officiating/tso/ [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News, Refs and Rules 0

Listen to the pros and learn

Listen to the pros and learn

Some very interesting quotes emerged from several top pros at the Tournament of Champions last night. Some simple, solid home truths about how to play the game. Here’s what they said. David Palmer v  Tom Richards Tour veteran David Palmer, who has played in every Tournament of Champions since 1995, demonstrated the form that kept [...]

January 24, 2011 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News 0

Brave new world coming in Kent

Brave new world coming in Kent

Great things are happening in Kent. Last year we launched the PSA Kent Open, a world-ranking tournament (won by Alan Clyne) that ran alongside a three-month Kent Junior Festival that introduced more than 300 school children to squash and racketball. Tomorrow night we unveil the new Kent Development Plan in partnership with ESR and key clubs [...]

January 20, 2011 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, Kent Open, News 0

SquashUK Master Class: Part 1

SquashUK Master Class: Part 1

The SquashUK Master Class: A journey of learning and commitment. WARNING: This will change your life This series will chart your progress through a programme of squash coaching lessons that will achieve the following desired benefits: Open your mind Unlock your potential Visualise your success Improve your speed, fitness, movement and stamina Teach you the [...]

January 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development 0

Coaching Tips

Coaching Tips

Coming soon: a collection of coaching tips, insights and inspirations that will help to improve your game. [...]

January 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development 0

World Squash Day: How it began

World Squash Day: How it began

WORLD SQUASH DAY By ALAN THATCHER September 11 is now etched on the psyche as the date our world changed forever and Americans realised that they are just as vulnerable as the rest of us to terrorist attacks. The world of squash was touched by those shameful events and the recent September 11 anniversary was [...]

January 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News, World Squash Day, WSF 1

Top US award for Danielle Maur

Top US award for Danielle Maur

Picture shows Danielle and husband Andre Danielle Maur Wins W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award in Recognition of Contributions to Game of Squash CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Danielle Maur, national squash and racquetball director for Life Time Fitness (NYSE: LTM) has received the annual W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award for outstanding contributions to the game of squash. [...]

January 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News 0