young with our new tots squash programme designed to engage 2-5yr
Sheen from the MSA competing in
the worlds qualifying round. The youngest player of the competition
at 17yrs old
Tomlinson at the Wolrds Qualifying
primary school winners
Caesar and Miguel training with some
of the MSA players before the worlds
I have been the head coach at
Manchester squash for the last 4 and half years taking over from
Vicky Boswell and previously before that Nick Taylor.
What is Manchester Squash
We've been working hard on Manchester Squash, a jointly
funded project between Manchester city Council and England squash.
Over the last 4 years we have been successful in achieving the
- Three brand new fully
constituted clubs being formed out of public leisure centres in
the National squash centre, Moss side and Chorlton leisure
centre. We know have six clubs in Manchester with
over 2,000 members associated to them all.
- We know operate a
competition structure from primary schools straight through to
universityís with this year starting our very own high
schools squash league which currently has over 8 schools
- There are over four state
schools in Manchester and two public schools which
now have squash on their school curriculum.
- We have the Manchester
Squash Academy which is the pinnacle of our junior programme
in the city.
The best club and community juniors from across the city get
selected to train in the academy. We have over 30 players
regularly training and being coached by myself.
Over the last four years we have been successful in creating
over 11 players who compete at a National and European level, 4
players which have recently played in the world champs
qualifying in Manchester.
- Court usage across 4 of
our 6 public facilityís has recently shown to be a full capacity
off and on peak. The national squash centre itself is now fully
booked on peak from the local community and off peak time being
used by our schools and performance programme.
- We have also been successful in
generating £30,000 worth of investment into Moss Side Leisure
centre which has been used to turn 2 of the 3 hard back courts
into glass courts and upgrade the surrounding area.
Other investment has come into Abraham Moss leisure centre and I
am hopeful for a new 4 court facility in the south of the city
All of the above points
highlight the success of squash across the city and show its
growth in all areas. The showcase of major tournaments in
Manchester such as the World Open is the icing on the cake for
our whole year round programme. The junior development work
around the nationals where we engage over 2,000 children in 3
days highlights this success.
The all year round work by my coaches and the clubs
through out the city has allowed us to grow to a level where we
are now requesting that more courts are built in Manchester.
This has been a massive goal for me and my team and something
that has taken time and shows the strength in which we are now
operating. More investment in Manchester is inevitable and for
me now, my personal goal is to create a world champion from our
programme, something which will take time but im hopeful we can