Our team

John Welton

Manager of Bristol, Bath and UWE programs

Position: Manager of Bristol, Bath and UWE programs
Age: 34
Born: Exeter, Devon
Coaching: John came through the elitesquash junior program many years ago and now flourishes as a coach. Over the last 8 years has taught adults and Juniors of all levels individually, in groups and camps from beginners to advanced. In his role as UWE program manager he works with our aspiring young professionals.
Junior: Devon county junior team under 17 and under 19 age groups
Senior: Avon County Captain; Avon county team - National club team
Venue: Array

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.

Steve Thompson

Lead coach Bristol adults and juniors. Team coach UWE

Position: Lead coach Bristol adults and juniors. Team coach UWE
Age: 31
Born: London
Coaching: Over 10 years coaching experience. Former head coach at Coolhurst club in London. Deputy head coach Middlesex squash responsible for over 200 juniors. Level 3 UKCC qualified.
Goals: To Grow the squash program in Bristol in the junior and senior departments. To produce more juniors who compete in the top of the UK rankings.
Venue: Array

Fin McManus

Assistant coach Bristol

Position: Assistant coach Bristol
Age: 19
Born: Guildford, Surrey
Coaching: Level 1 UKCC. Former lead coach at Surrey sports park where Fin created a thriving junior and senior program
Goals: To assist in growing the mini squash program in Bristol, To conitnue to develop his coaching skills alongside study at Bristol university reading physics.
Junior: Played Surrey county level junior squash throughout all age groups.
Senior: Bristol University first team player
Venue: Array

Tom Ford

Lead coach Bristol - advanced level juniors and adults

Position: Lead coach Bristol - advanced level juniors and adults
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,

Filip Madaric

Lead Coach and Club manager at Torquay

Position: Lead Coach and Club manager at Torquay
Age: 29
Born: Croatia
Coaching: More than a decade of experience in leading coaching programs and creating best possible environments for players to grow. Filip coached some of the top junior and senior players in Croatia and Luxembourg.
Goals: Build Torquay squash program into the leading academy in the Devon region. Set up a thriving and progressive environment for all levels and abilities of players.
Junior: Croatia's top junior player
Senior: Croatian National Team 2008 - 2018; Winner of a number of International Open titles in Croatia, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
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.

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


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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