Elitesquash continues to attract international players from all over the world

The last few months have been particularly exiting with players visiting the Bristol from as far away as New Zealand. As the professional scene continues to grow in the city the reputation is attracting professionals to base themselves here to improve their squash. Top Kiwis Lance Beddoes and Ben Grindrod are two up and coming young players who have made the trip to push their squash forward. Their 8 week stay should provide more than enough time to make some big improvements and learn some new things from some individual sessions with Hadrian and the regular professional group training sessions running weekly.

Another addition during this time is the supremely talented Abdulla Mohamed Al Tamimi, Qatar number 1 and world 82. He arrived with squash legend Geoff Hunt, the 8 times British open and 4 times world open champion. The Bristol squash community was blessed to have such a great icon as Geoff in the city. Geoff has recently stepped down as National coach of Qatar but continues to work with Abdulla during this crucial period of his development. They enjoyed a week of sparring and training with the Shorbagy brothers and other top players before heading to the Finish open PSA. Abdulla now returns for another 3 weeks of hard training with the locals.

It has been fascinating to see the contrasts of styles and patterns of play between Middle east, Uk and Antipodean squash. It is particularly useful to have Abdulla showing what can be done with the ball from all parts of the court. His attacking and creative style fits well with the elitesquash philosophy of encouraging players to be expressive and take a few risks to allow the development of better skills. Simultaneously, elements of the European style structured squash is good for Abdulla to understand the benefits of patience. We have aimed to keep our sessions open in style and allow players to experiment within the theme. Focusing on rhythm of movement and swing has helped the players find the sense of how their shots can become easier and fluent while freeing off the thought process to help with clarity of decision making. If nothing else we hope the our visitors will leave with some new ideas and an experience of enjoyment and excitement about their squash.

At the other end of the development scale, 9 year old Ella Galova and family spent 8 days enjoying our junior camps and personal lessons with the coaching team. Ella is the number 1 under 11 player from Bratislava and enjoyed her time so much that she will be returning for two weeks of summer camps in August. She is a great prospect for the future especially with such a passionate and fun attitude to the game while also being a great little athlete.

Finally on the international theme, our adult camps will be expanding to Spain in September to enjoy the great climate and facilities on offer in the Girona region. Full details will follow soon and please make an enquiry to be added to the mailing list. The four day camp will bring the combination of an extended period of top level coaching with the added benefits of a beautiful and warm environment for the post squash downtime. We are delighted to find a Hotel with squash courts within walking distance to the beach and local town. Keep an eye on the camps page for updates and also for details of our next camp in Bristol on June 21/22nd. http://elitesquash.com/test/camps/senior

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