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 an empty club with an uncertain future.


Who would have thought a full lockdown and no squash for at least 3 months would happen. Just silence within 4 walls as each day goes by. It’s been 3 months since the last squash ball was hit and no real official date has been revealed on coming back.

Managing a club during normal times is a challenge in itself, add to that a lockdown scenario and you’re in for a rollercoaster of a ride. I’ve thought about giving voice to my thoughts and sharing the view of what it’s like to be a club manager during lockdown.

The first thing that became clear was your daily routine is no longer possible and finding a new path becomes your priority. These were the most hectic times I have had throughout my squash career and at the same time the most productive. I’m not the one to stay negative for long so decided to start building momentum up steadily. I focused on areas I knew will benefit myself and the club the most.

As most of my regular daily tasks were not on the list anymore, I put my energy into reflecting and evaluating the last few years of our club. How everything has shaped up to be, what decisions and investments we’ve made and how we communicated with our community.

I’ve gone through a number of conversations with the people I connected over the years within squash and tried to get their two cents on where everything is going. I realised pretty early on in my career that I love analysing both sides of the coin as it helps me make better decisions along the way, especially feedback from the unfavorable side. It keeps me sharp and ready for pretty much any potential hiccup down the road.

Having continuous chats with my mentors and friends, it became clear that I wanted to improve certain aspects of the club and that this lockdown is a blessing in disguise. I’ve since moved into improving a number of areas that will help transform the club into a much better and efficient business than it was in March.

My main objective is to create a strong community of squash players, suitable for all levels that can continuously grow together and evolve the sport to a new age.

I hope this situation will give all the clubs around a world a chance to improve their facilities, programs, and teams and give our communities an even better experience. And as Torquay squash and leisure club re-opens tomorrow I cant wait to provide the best possible experience under current and future circumstances.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


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…

learn more

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…

learn more

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…

learn more

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…

learn more

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…

learn more
We use cookies to make the ELITESQUASH website a better place. By using the site, you agree to their use in accordance with current browser settings. To learn more about this and how we use data we collect, check out our Privacy Policy
Contact us

How can we help? Are you looking for something special?