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Train like a world champion with Laura Massaro at Club La Santa

Train like a world champion with Laura Massaro at Club La Santa

Train like a world champion at Club La Santa with Laura and Danny Massaro By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Former world champion Laura Massaro and her husband Danny are holding a special training camp at the fabulous Club La Santa sports resort in Lanzarote from June 25 to July 2. Laura is a regular visitor and [...]

April 7, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Lauren Selby is a girl on a mission

Lauren Selby is a girl on a mission

Jamie Oliver changed the way kids eat. Lauren Selby wants to do the same with sport By LAUREN SELBY – Squash Mad Guest Columnist   Off The Wall Squash head coach Lauren Selby is alarmed at the lack of PE opportunities in Primary Schools, and sounds the clarion call that she wants to do something about it. [...]

March 19, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

G-Spot Squash Column: Don’t let talk of winning ruin your game

G-Spot Squash Column: Don’t let talk of winning ruin your game

Focus on each point, shot by shot, and only think about winning when the match is over By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist and Author of G-Spot Squash How many times do you hear the phrase ‘It’s all about winning’? Parents, coaches, spectators and players themselves can often cause major distractions when talking about winning. Winning [...]

March 19, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment 0

G-Spot Squash: Tony Griffin joins Squash Mad

G-Spot Squash: Tony Griffin joins Squash Mad

Coaching book is spot-on about joining up so many little segments that make the perfect swing By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist   We are delighted to welcome squash coach and author Tony Griffin to the Squash Mad team of coaching columnists. Tony, a New Zealander based in Spain, has recently published a book with the fascinating [...]

March 14, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Are coaches talking a different language?

Are coaches talking a different language?

  Coaches: Are you talking another language to the players you teach? By NEAL BROOKER – Squash Mad Columnist   As a squash coach and personal trainer I spend all week teaching clients and players. I have realised, from teaching the same skill to a variety of people, that to be a good teacher you [...]

March 13, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 3

Danny Massaro on pushy parents and a blame culture that hurts our children

Danny Massaro on pushy parents and a blame culture that hurts our children

  Understand the difference between inspiration and motivation (and always defuse tension with a laugh) By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist   Staring through the back-wall glass or from up on the balcony, the eagle eyes of the squash parent keenly observe the progress of their offspring. Emotional, practical and financial support for a child’s [...]

March 11, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 5

Nick Matthew and Nicol David driven by hunger to win

Nick Matthew and Nicol David driven by hunger to win

Great champions are often revered more in hindsight than when they are actually playing, especially if, in the twilight of their careers, they slip down the rankings. However, in squash, we have two magnificent, enduring champions in Nick Matthew and Nicol David. [...]

March 9, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, News 0

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