So what is Barcelona Global Squash,
and what are the Camps like ???
We asked the organisers a few questions ...
Q: How long has the camp
been going ?
I think it’s important to point out that the International
Summer Camp that kicks off this year is only a part of the
new BARCELONA SQUASH ACADEMY.
The academy thinks locally and globally and offers top class
squash coaching to pro players, amateurs, and groups, as
well as pre-tournament training programs for squash
academies, clubs, federations, clinics, and more.
And all of this in this amazing and marvellous jewel of a
Q: What - and who - was the inspiration for starting it ?
Basically the Academy was founded and set up by Head Coach
Victor Montserrat and myself, Adrian Blakemore.
Victor was originally guided and instructed by coaching
legend Neil Harvey; what he learnt from Neil he put into
practice as a Pro PSA player, and later on and for the last
22 years, as a top class coach, presently coaching the 2nd
and 5th youngest players in the top 150 PSA, including Iker
Pajares, Edmon Lopez ( 2015 runner up in the European
Individual BU19 Championship ) and Bernat Jaume.
All three players will now represent Spain in the European
Team Championships next May and represent some of the better
prospects among the young generation of players presently on
the pro circuit.
Other BGS players include the Dutch Nº 1 Tess Jutte, and the
Spanish BU19 Nº2, Nilo Vidal.
We may not have the material resources nor the broad skilled
personnel base that other reference academies in Europe may
have such as psychologists, performance analysts,
nutritionists, lifestyle advice, performance analysis suites
and altitude chambers, but we have the passion and the
coaching and people management skills that make BGS a very
attractive training base with home comforts at hand.
Q: Who are the camps aimed at ?
We are offering a truly international junior elite camp; we
will have some of best national players from different
countries worldwide such as USA, Holland, Spain, Columbia,
Ecuador, Egypt. Campers will enjoy top class squash and
fitness coaching together with academics ( languages, SAT
preparation ) as well as a culturally enriching experience
in this dynamic and smart city that is Barcelona.
Q: Are there any features of the camp you’re particularly
proud of ?
Yes, it’s unique offer of high quality squash training in
combination with high quality academics.
Our education partner has been a close partner of the
national tennis federation for more than 15 years offering
education to top class athletes who need to combine high
demanding sport programs with the necessary educational
studies that will allow them to obtain sports grants in the
US for example.
Q: Apart from the squash training, what can students
expect to see of Barcelona ?
Barcelona is now the Spanish city that attracts most
tourists every year; Camp Nou, Messi, Gaudi, Miró, Nadal, a
fantastic mediterranean cuisine, the Costa Brava, Parc Güell,
the Tibidabo, and Port Aventura are only just some of the
names closely associated with this city and the fantastic
attractions on hand.
Camp participants will have leisure time to experience many
of these city attributes; we want our campers to go home
with a feeling that they have improved and have acquired new
notions about the game as well as experiencing a really
enjoyable and unforgettable summer in this wonderful city.
Q: What can students expect to get out of the camps ?
Top quality squash and fitness training, a cultural and
social enriching experience, enjoyment and fun.
Q: Barcelona Squash Camps in three words ???
Not in three but in four yes;
“Balanced and Simply Inspiring”.
Barcelona Global Squash
kicks off in the summer of 2016 with what is expected to be
considered as THE reference in international squash camps in
Europe offering top quality intensive squash training along
with education and full immersion language activities.
Barcelona Global Squash Camps offers intensive in-depth
squash and fitness training to high-performance junior
players who are already training and competing in their
own native countries at a national or international level.
Meet the Team