Coaches

Our team

Hadrian Stiff

Director and founder of elitesquash

Position: Director and founder of elitesquash
Age: 44
Born: Exeter, Devon
Coaching: Over 20 years coaching experience with a proven track record of producing top players including 3 x national junior champions and 12 x regional champions. Coach to some of the worlds best professionals including World #1 and World champion Mohamed El Shorbagy, World #4 Marwan El Shorbagy and World #7 Joelle King.
Goals: For elitesquash to provide the best possible coaching environment for all levels of player. On a personal level to continue to grow and improve as a coach helping each player realise their full potential.
Junior: Reached England under 19 number 1. British Open Junior runner up. Captained England to win the home internationals.
Senior: Winner: Italian open, Czech open, New York open. Barcelona open and Swiss open. Highest world ranking: 50 Highest U.K ranking: 15.

Tom Ford

Lead coach Bristol

Position: Lead coach Bristol
Age: 24
Born: Cheltenham
Coaching: 4 years coaching experience with all levels from Beginner juniors to Professional players. Tom is one of our lead coaches on the advanced junior camps and adult camps.
Junior: European Junior number 1, England junior number 1
Senior: Saskatoon international PSA Winner 2016, Kent open 2016 PSA winner, Goodlife open PSA winner 2015,

John Welton

Lead coach BATH

Position: Lead coach BATH
Age: 31
Born: Exeter, Devon
Coaching: John came through the elitesquash junior program many years ago and now flourishes as a coach. Over the last 5 years has taught adults of all levels individually, in groups and camps from beginners to advanced.
Junior: Devon county junior team under 17 and under 19 age groups
Senior: Avon County Captain; Avon county team - National club team

Filip Madaric

Lead Coach Torquay

Position: Lead Coach Torquay
Age: 29
Born: Croatia
Coaching: 12 years experience in running programs and events in Croatia and Luxembourg. Filip coaches all levels from beginner to advanced squash players as well as racketball.
Goals: To build the Torquay squash program into the leading academy in the Devon region. To grow the junior program through a thriving and progressive environment.
Junior: Croatia's top junior player
Senior: Croatian National Team 2008 - 2018;
Venue: Array

Richard King

Junior and adult coach Bristol

Position: Junior and adult coach Bristol
Age: 26
Born: Winchester, Hampshire
Coaching: Coached international level juniors and world class professionals including Youssef Solimon, Joelle King and Todd Harity. Richard is head of the junior program and adult programs in Bristol. He is a lead coach on junior and adult camps. ESR qualified level 3. Pilates instructor.
Junior: Hampshire county team in all age groups. Reached top 20 in England in the under 17 and under 19 categories
Senior: Avon and Hampshire county player.

Mihal Przytula

Club manager and lead coach Poland

Position: Club manager and lead coach Poland
Venue: Array

Konrad Tyma

Lead coach junior academy Poland

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Position: Lead coach junior academy Poland
Age: 26
Coaching: Konrad was a product the the elitesquash junior program in Bristol, UK and it became a natural progression to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. Konrad world with elitesquash in Bristol for 5 years before taking the role in Malta squash as lead coach.
Goals: To grow the junior program to 80 players in the 2018/19
Junior: Top 20 UK rankings
Senior: Polish top 5 senior
Venue: Array

Clive Stiff

Junior and adult coach - all round guru Bristol

Position: Junior and adult coach - all round guru Bristol
Age: 72
Born: Westwood Ho
Coaching: Clive has been coaching for over 50 years and was (and still is) the inspiration and role model to Son Hadrian beginning squash. He has worked with all levels of players and continues to inspire and educate all members of the program. Clive can be seen coaching the 3 year old beginners on a Sunday morning and also telling the professionals how to practice properly - as well as smashing them at table tennis.
Junior: England number 1 under 23. Under 19 British Junior open finalist 1962.
Senior: One of the best players to emerge from the South West of England. Winner of numerous regional and national events and in later career winner of the British open masters in the over 55 age group.

Beth Bond

Strength and Conditioning Coach Bristol

Position: Strength and Conditioning Coach Bristol
Age: 25
Born: Windsor, UK
Coaching: Strength and Conditioning Coach to many of the worlds best squash players including World 52 Todd Harrity, Youssef Soliman and NZ top 5 Ellie Epke. Beth has a First Class Honours degree in 'Strength and Conditioning’ Bsc, Personal Training (level 3), GP Referral Diploma (level 4), Spin Instructor, Pre and Post Natal Exercise Specialist, and qualified in Kinesiology Taping.
Goals: To maximise athletic development through the use of sport specific performance training. Includes creating, coaching & monitoring individualised training programs that focus on enhancing movement efficiency, power and agility during competition. Also help to educate, screen and prevent sport specific injuries.

Seamus Singh

Mini squash coach Bristol

Position: Mini squash coach Bristol
Age: 58
Born: Cambridge, UK
Coaching: Level 1 ESR, 2 years experience leading mini squash program
Goals: Goals for the Sunday coaching program : My goals for the Sunday program is to to see loads of kids thoroughly enjoying themselves and feeding into mid week programmes. My biggest goal is to ultimately see children growing up enjoying squash to whatever level they can achieve and playing the game with members of their family for the rest of their lives.

Ed Cross

Assistant junior coach Bath

Position: Assistant junior coach Bath
Age: 25
Born: Reading
Coaching: Level 2 ESR qualified, 4 years experience coaching juniors, intermediate adults and university teams.
Senior: Premier A division player Avon league

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5 simple tips on how to improve your return of serve

by John Welton

Your Stance whilst preparing to return and light feet. Look to stand approximately in line with the back of the service box and keeping yourself outside the width of the service box. Ensuring you have plenty of space between you and the side wall is essential. Look to stand approximately in line with the back…

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Player Profile – Joshana Chinappa

by hadrian

When did you start playing squash and why? I started playing squash when I was 8. My dad used to play squash and I would tag along with him to the club as he would play every day and I was inspired by him! When and why did you decide to go professional? I decided…

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5 simple tips on how to improve your serve

by Richard King

The serve is obviously a vital and important part of the game, it is the one shot in which your opponent has no physical effect over and therefore can be a great opportunity to get ahead in the rally and apply pressure immediately. Follow this order and see if you can link steps 3-5 in…

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5 Simple tips to improve your drive

by John Welton

Open Racket face The open racket face is essential for a successful swing in the game of squash, so ensure you understand what this should look like. For the drive it will help us have the option to hit at differing heights on the front wall. This is vitally important to be able to adjust…

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The effects of the emotions on performance

by hadrian

Anyone who plays squash and has a desire to play well will know the effects of pressure on the performance all too well. There are many factors which can effect how we feel on the court depending on the occasion and the environment. Its normal for games to be won and lost as a product of…

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