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Where focus goes, energy flows

by Hadrian Stiff

As part of a personal development, I am part way though there is a section on ‘state’. The state being referred to is the combination of a physical and mental position which we hold ourselves. Many things will affect the state, from the posture of the body to the internal dialogue in the mind. For example,…

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The challenges of being coach and parent

by Hadrian Stiff

My 11 year old Son Elliott has just begun his junior tournament career and last weekend we travelled to London for the first event away from home. The main purpose of this event was to introduce the experiences of different courts, opponents and the pressure of this foreign environment and see how he responded and…

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Learning happens in the gaps.

by Hadrian Stiff

We have many different environments in which we can improve our squash. From lessons with a coach to solo practice, group training and matches there is always lots that can be learned from each. The key question for me as a coach is how best to help everyone to absorb and retain the most impactful…

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Another big thank you to Avon squash!

by John Welton

One of the hardest areas to maintain sustained growth in any country is in the junior programs. The pandemic has had a huge impact on our sport and particularly our junior programs. We have seen a really positive return to our junior squads but there has been a small drop in numbers. It is now…

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5 Tips For a Successful Return to Squash

by Steve Thompson

Solo practice, household play and individual coaching have been all that’s been allowed over the last 5 weeks, and players at all levels have been itching to get back to normal full court squash! That time has now arrived, and will now hopefully never be taken away. With a successful vaccination programme and a much-reduced…

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Lets get back to squash a better player

by John Welton

  The third lockdown has been tough for everyone, but with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown the end is in sight and the chance to play the game we love is upon us! In the last few days England squash has released it’s expected guidance on a return to squash on the 12th of…

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Keeping a simple approach brings the best results

by hadrian

Squash is an extremely demanding game requiring many elements to work together at the same time often at high speeds. Rallies can be short and points disappear quickly if your opponent takes charge. For this reason, we need to keep things simple in training and in matches. From the perspective of a coach, this is…

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Big thank you to Avon squash

by Hadrian Stiff

One of the hardest areas to maintain sustained growth in any country is in the junior programs. Avon squash, the county organisation for where elitesquash is based is making huge strides forward to help boost clubs and coaches to grow the sport. Recently, Seamus Singh our lead mini squash coach (and county chairman) proposed that…

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Fun, play and performance

by hadrian

Over the last 5 months, I have been subjected to many hours of play including lego, frisbee, paddleboarding, skateboarding and hide and seek for hours on end with our three very energetic young boys. Most of the time I have loved this although it took a while to really get into and reap the benefits…

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Managing a club during lockdown

by Filip Madaric

Torquay squash club has been a pillar of the squash community in South Devon for forty years and during the last three years, elitesquash lead coach filip Madaric has moved into coach/manager role at the club. In this article he gives us an insight into how he has responded to the challenging situation when sitting in…

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