Wednesday, June 19, 2024

RJ Mitchell

RJ MITCHELL has been writing about squash for 24 years and has played the sport all his adult life. Former captain of the West of Scotland county team, he became a professional journalist and has written for the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, the Glasgow Evening Times, The Herald and The Scotsman. Mitchell has also become a regular contributor for the PSA World Tour website. He is also the author of the DS Thoroughgood crime fiction series based on his career as a Glasgow cop between 1989 and 2001.

Lessons for squash: How Olympic inclusion helped Rugby Sevens

For rugby the road to Olympic inclusion was completed when Sevens was admitted to the Rio games in 2016. In its full 15-a-side format Rugby...

Squash Junkies: Meet the Brit who conjured the sport’s most fun and brutal event

It takes a brave man to quit his job, pack up his old squash kit bag and head for Europe on a wing and...

How to run a successful squash tournament

With squash at the Olympics, it could pave the way for more events and promoters eager to latch on to growing opportunities in the...

How coaching double act is lifting Paul Coll

Rod Martin has revealed that he is working with Paul Coll in a three-way collaboration with the Kiwi and his long-standing coach Rob Owen....

‘I was losing matches 3-2 as I didn’t want to push’: How Bernabeu bounced back

For Spanish squash No.1 Iker Pajares Bernabeu the moment the impossible happened -- injuring both achilles in a case of delayed reaction -- came...

Burnley now has two courts left – can Olympic inclusion stop exodus?

The names of clubs such as Gisburn (Stirk House), Barnoldswick, Pendle (Colne), Nelson (Springers) Reedley, Crow Wood, Clitheroe and Thompson SC – a six...

‘Arlen Spectre Centre as an inclusive club is fantastic for US Squash’

With over 10 years on the PSA World Tour and having just celebrated racking up 250 tour matches as a professional, when it comes...

How coach Alison Waters has given Tesni Evans confidence post injury

It is the moment every player dreads. And when injury comes right at the start of the season the impact is even more painful....

Peter Marshall: How I maintain squash fitness into my 50s

Peter Marshall’s two-fisted style on either wing during his 1990’s pomp, when he reached World No.2, made him one of the most fascinating watches...

The Englishwoman bucking the trend coaching Squash Canada men

It is almost unheard of in squash circles for women to coach men at world level - until now. Next month, Englishwoman Victoria Lust...

England Squash communication at heart of Barrington new role

Communication is king when it comes to making England Squash work for its membership. And that is at the heart of Joey Barrington’s aims...

‘I thought it was the end:’ Ukraine squash champion on playing through war

Ukraine’s three-time national champion is recalling the horror day nearly two years ago when her country was invaded. “My husband and I were sleeping,...

Postponing Premier Squash League ‘is further blow to quality of UK depth’

As a former World No.30 and Premier Squash League winner as a captain back in the golden days of the mid-80s with Cannons --...

‘College squash in USA is bigger than the PSA – it is huge!’

“I would honestly say I have learned more in the short space of time I’ve been here than in all of my time in...

How to build a low cost outdoor squash court like the UK’s first

An engineer with a passion for squash has a lasting vision for his ‘Blue Peter’ outdoor court design after crowdfunding thousands for his prototype,...

‘Youth coming alive’ through groundbreaking Bronx squash project

A $10million project which is positioning squash front and centre of a pioneering move to help South Bronx youth shine in New York can...

North West Counties: Is this the best squash league in the world?

The banner headline on the shiny new North West Counties League website proclaims: ‘3500 players, 67 years, 22 leagues and Europe’s largest competitive league,’...

‘Squash now has the complete package with Olympics berth’

The great tragedy, of course, is that Geoff Hunt and Jahangir Khan,  two of the greatest ever figures in squash, were denied the opportunity...

How Toronto squash club rallied after 14-day closure warning

A closure notice can kill any club stone dead, especially when there is only a two-week warning accompanying it. But for Toronto-based Peterborough Squash...

Ali Farag: I’m in the form of my life – I can still get better

Six years ago, world No.1 Ali Farag claimed the first of two US open titles sharing a memory he describes as “the best day...

Sister Act: Sabrina Sobhy on song ahead of US Squash Open

Travelling, rooming and sharing laughs together. That’s the sister act which the Sobhys currently enjoy on the PSA World Tour. And for Sabrina Sobhy,...

AI tech trialled at UK squash club to help members

Cheetham Hill in Manchester has become the first club in the UK to introduce AI technology, with members’ calories, distance covered, time spent on...

Right Ball Campaign: We need to appeal to all different crowds – Ali Farag

Following Squash Mad’s news that the WSF and Dunlop are, one hopes, aligned with our ‘Right Ball’ campaign with a move to put more...

Hania El Hammamy: Why I model myself on Novak Djokovic

INTERVIEW: Egyptian squash star on using Serbian tennis great's mentality, music, Netflix and PSA titles Hania El Hammamy has revealed that one of the key...

Squash deep clean: World No 1 Ali Farag backs referee directives

World No. 1 Ali Farag has welcomed the PSA’s initiative to try and address some of the blights -- including blocking and dissent --...

Greg Lobban: ‘I don’t love squash but now I can trouble best’

Greg Lobban is doing it “my way”. So much so that he has become the first Scot since John White 15 years ago to...

Colombian Catalina Pelaez: ‘You have take care of your circumstances and challenges’

While the PSA World Squash Tour has started with the glam and glitz of Platinum events in Paris and Doha, for those players who...

Right Ball Campaign: We need to educate the squash community worldwide

Who has responsibility over the ball issue? Nick Taylor, the British coach now based in the USA who has been vocal on the double dot...

Northern Joe Cup squash festival shows power of sport and support

The memory of young English player Joe Rawcliffe, at just 27, continues to be remembered with a powerful serving of squash and raising thousands...

‘Squash is the only sport where the ball is warmed up – it has to change’

RIGHT BALL CAMPAIGN -- Six years ago, Nick Taylor, a former World No.14, delivered an impassioned opinion piece for Squash Mad in which he...

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