A Special Bloke for a Special
Murray was for years a well known figure of England Squash
success. He used to be around with us on the PSA/WSF Tour,
recording data, analysing them, and allowing the English Players
to always have a little bit of an advantage, tactically
and scientifically ...
Then one day, he sort of disappeared, bless him. His sense of
humour, his discretion, kindness and knowledge were bleeping
missed, and it was with great pleasure I received his book a few
months ago: he was alive and well, and living on the Other Side....
had a little chat with him, first, to find out what the
heck happened to him, and also, to introduce to you his book,
The Science of
Sport: Squash, that I personally recommend to
From coaches, to players without forgetting fans and officials,
you will learn everything you didn't know you needed to know
about the Scientific aspect of our sport....
For those who do not know you, please a few words about
Having been an international junior player, I focused on
science side of squash and studied Analysis of Sport and
Coaching Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
as you know, from 1998-2011, I worked for England Squash
as firstly Team Analyst and finally Team Manager at
the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where we beat Australia for
the first time in the medal table.
During this time I attended 4 commonwealth games, 9 European
teams championships and 5 world championships, working with 6
world individual champions along the way.
Then what happened?
Well, At this point my job changed and my focus became on
Olympic sports as
Head of performance Analysis at the English Institute of Sport.
was very hard for me as my first sporting passion is very much
in squash and I owe a great gratitude to the coaches that helped
teach me my trade in this game and sports science in general –
in particular David Pearson along with Paul Carter
and all the wonderful players over the years – to many to
mention all the names – but they know who they are.
And it was the beginning of a new venture, wasn't it...
Yes, I felt at the time it was time
step out for a while and spread my wings.
From there I managed 40+ staff culminating in the success
GB had on the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic
After Rio High Performance Sport New Zealand contacted me
to see if I was interested in the job as Innovation Manager
within New Sport – I went through the very vigorous
interview and successfully got the job last November starting
here in January 2017.
not have been easy to leave England for you...
You can say that again. This was a hard decision for me and my
family as we are very English - as you know having witnessed our
battles with France and Australia over the years!
But if there was a country that I would have chosen to move to
away from England at this stage it would be NZ – given their
wonderful culture and people, proud sporting history and world
leading approach to sports science.
This job entails managing all the HPSNZ Innovation Projects –
looking at how sports technology and novel ideas can improve
Link to the publishers website
Also available on Amazon, Waterstones, etc.
on the Team GB's
Olympic Software secrets
THEY SAID ABOUT IT
“Stafford and his team have pulled together the most
comprehensive book on the Science of Squash in history.
"This is a must read for all academics, coaches, players
and squash fans alike”
“I have probably tried everything in this book!
"I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about
squash, or simply improve their own game”
“This book encompasses all that is currently relevant to
our wonderful game and so much pertains also to those other most
It sets out, with forensic analyses and fascinating case studies
from a litany of highly regarded experts, to give the most
excellent must-have guide for the players, coaches and of course
academics, and reaches into the very core of squash”