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Coaching and Development

Creating a pathway for change and improvement to help coaches and players

Creating a pathway for change and improvement to help coaches and players

Putting years of knowledge to the test By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent For players and coaches, the biggest challenge to learning and evolving is a willingness to experiment with new ideas and movements. Many of our most established training concepts, honed by years of experience on court, are really put to the [...]

November 23, 2018 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 0

New coaching column by Michael Nash: Taking the T

New coaching column by Michael Nash: Taking the T

Own the T and learn how to attack By MICHAEL NASH – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist More than 40 years ago, while at the Campbeltown Squash Centre in Adelaide, Australia, I remember sitting in a pool of sweat totally saturated after winning three love but still feeling dissatisfied. People often say that they have had [...]

November 16, 2018 Michael Nash Coaching and Development, News 0

Coaching survey reveals: “Parents drop their kids off and rush home for seven minutes of frantic copulation”

Coaching survey reveals: “Parents drop their kids off and rush home for seven minutes of frantic copulation”

Coaches rename their job as “child-minding operatives” By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad New Brands Editor Squash coaching took a massive leap into the future by redefining the value of care given by coaches to the children in their charge. Bribing kids to do their homework is an art perfected by parents down the centuries. [...]

October 29, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Fun Stuff, News 0

Tony Griffin’s Gevolution Academy: How well are you watching the ball?

Tony Griffin’s Gevolution Academy: How well are you watching the ball?

‘The top pros are permanently connected to the ball’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad New Learning Guru The response to last week’s article was very encouraging, with a number of players, coaches, education specialists and professionals from other spheres making contact. Thank you all. Those conversations have been very enlightening and encouraging. Reading the [...]

October 5, 2018 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 2

The Gevolution: A different way of helping squash players evolve and change

The Gevolution: A different way of helping squash players evolve and change

‘Research shows repetition is not always the best way to learn’  By TONY GRIFFIN – G Spot Squash and Coaching Analyst In July I Presented the G Evolution process to the Catalan Squash Federation and a reduced number of their coaches in course entitled “A Squash Course For Coaches – Only For Coaches willing to [...]

September 24, 2018 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 9

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