British National Squash Champs 2013  •  11-17 February • Manchester  •


Manchester – The Largest
Squash Programme in England

During the week of the Nationals, Manchester Head Coach Chris Lengthorn and his team of coaches entertained and educated over 2,000 Manchester school children about squash.

So, what happens now…

Chris has headed up the largest coaching programme in England for the last four years and what you see during five days at the National Squash Championships is the tip of the ice burg in relation to the development and legacy work around the tournament.

Over the four years Chris has been working in Manchester he has seen the development and performance programme grow from strength to strength.

Each year his team of coaches exposes more than 14,000 school children and adults to squash and racketball across the city of Manchester.

These large numbers of participants are exposed to squash and racketball through the hundreds of schools programmes which encompasses a fully comprehensive schools programme, curriculum squash sessions for primary and high schools, team training sessions and squash roadshows. These participants then filter into our community and club structure that operates out of seven facilities which operate 6 clubs, three of which have only been established in the last couple of years.

All of Manchester’s community and club programmes are nearly at capacity which has helped to bring investments into Manchester Squash such as a potential title sponsor for the whole programme (more to come soon), a complete new refurbishment to all 3 courts at Moss Side Leisure centre, hopefully a new four-court facility in Manchester and of course the colourful new squash corridor at the National Squash Centre.

The rewarding part of the programme for Chris comes in taking a small per cent of that number and producing nationally ranked athletes through his Manchester squash academy: “Making the switch from development and performance is the exciting bit for me. I got into coaching to coach and work with like-minded people to help them pursue their full potential.”

The Manchester squash academy hosts 28 players that train twice a week at the National Centre and travel around England and Europe representing the Manchester Academy.

With a fully comprehensive schools, community and club structure that all feed into the performance sessions and all complemented with major events like the Men’s World Championships, Manchester has built up a solid reputation for a great development and performance programme.

Moving forward with the programme, Chris is looking to develop Racketball across the city further (so watch out for the Manchester racketball festival) and expanding on the performance programme by creating more independent, skilful learners that can compete nationally.



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