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The power of community (mini blog)

by Hadrian

Community is inclusion in a group with a common ground. It’s being part of something greater than yourself which makes you feel strong and proud. Young people have never needed this as much as in the current times. Squash clubs and junior programs have the power to create a special place where everyone matters, no…

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Parent / coach role continued…

by hadrian

This piece is for any parent out there who has children playing tournaments. Now having my own children who are playing tournaments I share your pain and struggles, highs and lows. I have tried to pull out some of the key things I have learned so far and hope at least some of these insights…

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28 years and counting for our summer camps!

by Hadrian

28 years and counting for our elitesquash junior summer camps. It’s both inspiring and a bit scary to know we have been running our summer camps for over 28 years. Elitesquash camps began in Exeter all those years ago with the mission to provide the ultimate environment for you people to maximise their potential. This…

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5 top tips for good tactics

by hadrian

TOP 5 TIPS FOR GOOD TACTICS   Maximise the serve! The serve does not just start the rally. It’s your opportunity to disrupt from the first shot. When you go to serve think: ‘How can I disrupt my opponent right now with my serve’? Use variations or serve to create uncertainly but most of all…

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British junior championships review

by hadrian

As always the team at Edgbaston priory club and Birmingham university provided an excellent experience for the British junior championships. Somewhere close to 500 kids battled it out across the two venues and it was very encouraging to see so many young players at such a high level when there is plenty of talk about…

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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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