SquashMatch Blog

Adult squash camp - Sun 22 March, 2015
There's an adults squash camp on Sunday 22nd March which is aimed at intermediate to advanced players in Guildford, Surrey. If you feel stuck in a rut or think you need a fresh approach to get out ...
By Fatema on 2015-02-24
Allam British Open is 'open' to all
Fancy playing against Nick Matthew? The Allam British Open is 'open' to all, and club and county players have the chance to participate in the world's oldest and most prestigious tournament. The pre...
By Fatema on 2013-04-04
Annual squash Pro-Shootout - Wednesday 25th March‏
Surrey Sports Park will be hosting their annual squash pro shoot-out on **Wednesday 25th March from 7pm** in Guildford. It features 8 top professional players in a very unique tournament format. It...
By Fatema on 2015-03-10
‘Back the Bid’ World Squash Day
As Olympic fever hits London, there is one notable category of sport missing from this year’s Games – namely, squash. Had squash been included this year, Britain would have easily taken a good c...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Book review
This is a very good book from James Willstrop, who writes openly and honestly about losing his mother Lesley to cancer, the pressures and agonies of top-level squash on and off the court, his vegeta...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Breaking an opponents rhythm with serve and return
The serve and return of serve is perhaps one of the most underrated phases of squash, which is a shame because there’s a real opportunity there to do some damage, especially if your opponent is in a rich vein of form....
By Fatema on 2015-10-08
Britannia Tournament - 8th March
We are now taking entries for the Britannia SquashMatch tournament which is being held at the Britannia Leisure centre in Hoxton. It will be a full day of squash, with all players getting a minimum ...
By Fatema on 2014-02-25
British Open Schools Programme
Following on from a very successful Islington Schools Mini Squash Project, funded by the Squash & Racketball Foundation, 500 children from 20 schools were invited to attend the schools programme at ...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Bursaries available for Level 1 + 2 coaches
Coaching London is offering bursaries to individuals looking get a Level 1 or Level 2 coaching qualification. Bursaries are for 75% of the course cost. This is not just for squash or racketball, b...
By Fatema on 2014-11-17
Coaches! Get 50% off the cost of coaching!
The London Sport Coaching Bursary is now open to London based coaches working in London. Coaches will be able to apply for up to 50% towards the cost of a course, up to a maximum of £200 which wil...
By Fatema on 2015-10-15
Coaching tips
One of the most important aspects of your squash game is having the correct grip. The way you hold the racket impacts the angle at which you make contact with the ball and also the direction of your shots....
By Retha Jacobs on 2012-08-09
Coolhurst tournament - 21 Nov 2015
Coolhurst (N8) will be hosting a 1 day graded tournament on Saturday 21st November. There will be four divisions: A Grade - County premier or 1st division league team B Grade - Regular team player...
By Fatema on 2015-10-23
Crystal Palace squash league report
Report for Crystal Palace squash squash league season March 2013...
By Scott Culverwell on 2013-04-12
Daryl Selby Interview
Interview with Daryl Selby...
By Fatema on 2013-03-25
Does your birth month affect your sporting successes?
No, this isn’t an article about horoscopes and how the moon rising in Uranus can affect your sporting successes, but a scientific observation known as the Relative Age Effect (RAE) which is determ...
By Fatema on 2013-06-09
ESR - The Big Hit - Sponsoring The SquashMatch North London League
[![Court Challenge league promo-2](images/Court-Challenge-league-promo-2-300x93.jpg)](images/Court-Challenge-league-promo-2.jpg) **England Squash and Racketball (ESR) recently launched its new deve...
By Andre Ainsworth on 2013-04-09
Exclusive interview with Amr Shabana!
We met up with Amr Shabana after his last UK tournament, and we had a great chat about his future plans, the [Wallbangers](http://squashroyalty.com/) documentary, and his move to Canada. Here’s wh...
By Fatema on 2013-07-09
Exclusive interview with Jonathon Power
In between watching some amazing rallies and picking up some tips from the pros, **Wilson Yeung** managed to catch Jonathon Power before his game and ask him some hard-hitting questions on squash, s...
By Wilson Yeung on 2013-01-09
Exhibition Match
Finchley Manor Squash Club (N3) is hosting an exhibition match between two World Champions: Mohamed El-Shorbagy and Gregory Gaultier. This will take place on **18th March** from 5pm, and there's al...
By Fatema on 2016-02-13
Facing the front wall when you move
_By Nic Davies, Head Coach, The Squash Company_ ****How should you position your body as you move?**** Whenever you move in squash, you should strive to keep your body facing the front wall where ...
By Fatema on 2015-11-01
Female experts wanted by the BBC
The BBC are looking for female experts (such as squash coaches, business professionals, medical practitioners etc) who are interested in taking part in TV and radio programmes. The BBC are holding f...
By Fatema on 2013-04-04
Finsbury Ladies' Squash Tournament - 23rd September 2012
_Written by Retha Jacobs – Retha is a Level 2 squash coach and a personal trainer_ We had a whopping 30 players in our first ladies’ squash tournament at Finsbury Leisure Centre, London. We had...
By Retha Jacobs on 2013-01-09
Free squash coaching for girls - N6
There will be free squash coaching for girls at Stormont tennis and squash club (N6 4SU). Sessions start from Wednesday 25th February 2015 for five weeks between 4:45pm – 5:30pm & 5.30pm – 6.15...
By Fatema on 2015-02-23
Funding news
Gillette are running a ‘Great Start’ campaign aimed at raising the profile of coaching, directing people interested in coaching to relevant organisations, and give those wanting to gain (further...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Get off to 50% off for a sport coaching bursary
The London Sport Coaching Bursary is open to London based coaches working in London. Coaches will be able to apply for up to 50% towards the cost of a course, up to a maximum of £200 which will be...
By Fatema on 2015-08-08
Got 10 years to spare? Practice makes perfect
_By Fatema_ _L_ Want to be an excellent squash player? According to Malcolm Gladwell’s fantastic book, [_Blink_](http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Blink-Malcolm-Gladwell/9780141014593), all you nee...
By Fatema on 2013-01-09
Improve your game by joining a squash league
Are you a member of a squash league? If not, why not join one today? SquashMatch have leagues set up all over London and it’s a great way to meet new squash players, play regular squash, and get f...
By Fatema on 2015-03-21
Interesting squash facts
Squash is predominantly a male sport (84% are male, 16% are female) and it tends to be played by people in their 20s and early 30s. Regular participation in the sport continues to be flat, which in ...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Interview with a random squash player - Charlie Jensen
_SquashMatch interviewed Charlie Jensen to be our random squash interviewee._ [![charlie2](images/charlie2.jpg)](images/charlie2.jpg) **What is your name, age and location?** Charlie Jensen, 33,...
By Fatema on 2014-09-11
Interview with Simon Rosner
SquashMatch met Simon Rosner, World Number 11, at the Canary Wharf Squash Classic 2014. [![rosner](images/rosner-300x200.jpg)](images/rosner.jpg) Check out our interview and see what Simon Rosne...
By Fatema on 2014-04-17
Interview with a (random) squash player
_SquashMatch interviewed **Wilson Yeung**, a 23 year old squash addict from Bow who can usually be found playing squash and reminiscing about all the rackets he has ever broken at Oasis Leisure Cent...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Interview with a (random) squash player
_SquashMatch interviewed **Alan Duncan**, a 32 year old squash addict from north London who can usually be found injuring himself and adding various lumps and bumps to his already extensive collecti...
By Fatema on 2013-01-09
Interview with a random squash player - Fliss Sampson
_SquashMatch interviewed Fliss Sampson to be our random squash interviewee. Felicity can usually be found playing squash at Brixton Rec Centre._ [![Felicity Sampson](images/Fliss2-228x300.png)](ima...
By Fatema on 2013-12-05
Interview with a random squash player - Harry Prescot
SquashMatch interviewed **Harry Prescot** to be our random squash interviewee. [![](images/HP_pic-224x300.jpg)](images/HP_pic.jpg) **What is your name, age and location?** Harry Prescot, 30, Tulse...
By Fatema on 2015-09-05
Interview with a random squash player - Kara Wszolek
_SquashMatch interviewed **Kara Wszolek** to be our random squash interviewee. Kara can usually be found playing squash at Finsbury and Britannia Leisure Centres._ [![Kara](images/kara-300x225.jpg)...
By Fatema on 2013-04-21
Interview with a random squash player - York Posor
_SquashMatch interviewed **York Posor** to be our random squash interviewee._ [![](images/York-251x300.jpg)](images/York.jpg)   **What is your name, age and location?** Name is York – 32 years...
By Fatema on 2015-03-31
Jesters Squash Tournament
The annual Jesters Squash Tournament will be taking place at the end of January 2016. All players get a minimum of 2 matches, and entry is £20 pp, which includes a buffet dinner at the RAC, Pall Ma...
By Fatema on 2015-12-19
Ladies coaching in north London
There are two new squash coaching sessions for women and girls at Clissold and at Britannia Leisure Centres. They are a bargain £2.50 a session, and open to all levels. Equipment will also be prov...
By Fatema on 2015-10-21
Ladies FREE drop-in lessons
Ladies – looking to pick up a racket but not sure where to start? England squash have teamed up with Sport England to provide women and girls beginner sessions. Whatever your age or experience, th...
By Fatema on 2016-02-01
Ladies squash coaching - Feb
There will be drop in women's squash sessions at Coolhurst Squash Club (N8 8EY) on Wednesdays and Sundays, starting from Wednesday 25th February between 11:10 - 12:30 AND Sunday afternoons 13:50 ti...
By Fatema on 2015-02-23
Ladies Squash Open - 14th February 2016
The Cumberland Club (NW6) will be hosting the Cumberland Ladies Squash Open on Sunday 14th February 2016. This is a full-day event, and is open to players of all levels, from beginner level to count...
By Fatema on 2016-01-03
Ladies squash tournament, with Alison Waters and Paul Carter
There will be a Ladies squash tournament at Finsbury Leisure Centre on Saturday 5th June, with Alison Waters (World Number 4), and Paul Carter (High Performance squash coach) also running coaching s...
By Fatema on 2014-06-25
Ladies squash tournament, Essex - 4 April 2015
There will be a ladies/girls squash tournament for all ages and abilities, followed by an exhibition match between Laura Massaro (World no 3) and Nicolette Fernandes (World no 21) on Saturday 4th Ap...
By Fatema on 2015-02-02
Ladies squash tournament and exhibition match
This is one for the ladies.... Jenny Duncalf (World No 10) and Laura Massaro (World Champ!) will be playing an exhibition match at a ladies and girls tournament at the Connaught Club in Essex on 14...
By Fatema on 2014-03-31
Legends of Squash @ St Georges Club
The ‘[Legends of Squash’](http://www.legendsofsquash.com/Legends_of_Squash___Surrey.html) tournament is a tournament featuring retired ex-professional squash players, and the event was held in t...
By Wilson Yeung on 2013-01-09
Middlesex County Closed Squash Tournament @ Coolhurst
Middlesex County will be holding a Mens A, Mens B O35, O45, O55 and ladies closed squash tournament on **26-28th February 2016**. This will be held at Coolhurst SRC (N8), and costs an early-bird pr...
By Fatema on 2016-01-30
Middlesex Junior Squash County Trials and Training Dates
All Middlesex junior players are invited to the intercounty trials **on 27th and 28th June 2015**.  The trials are open to all junior players especially to those who have previously played at...
By Fatema on 2015-06-15
My recollections of the SquashMatch Tournament – Woodford Wells 9th June 2012
_Written by Martin Shippey_ The SquashMatch Tournament took place on 9th June at Woodford Wells Squash and Racketball Club in Essex as it had done the previous year, with an equally a good turnout ...
By Martin Shippey on 2012-08-09
National Squash Championships - 11-15 February 2015
The National Squash Championships will be taking place between 11-15 February 2015 in Manchester, with the main draws being Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro. Tickets are still available to buy, from a...
By Fatema on 2015-02-01
Protective goggles
_How many squash players do you know who wear protective eyewear? One, maybe two? And how many of them are British? Probably none of them._ _So here’s a cautionary tale from **Roy McMahon** on wh...
By Fatema on 2014-04-09
Represent Enfield at Squash at the London Youth Games
There will be trials for the London Youth Games Enfield Squash Team held at Hazelwood Squash Club on **Saturday 2nd May 10am - 11:30am** You qualify to play in the team if you are: • in year 12 ...
By Fatema on 2015-04-20
Roy Gingell - World Referee - Interview
_SquashMatch interviewed Roy Gingell, a World referee who referees at international matches across the world. Here's his story...._ ![Roy Gingell, World Referee](images/roy-200x300.jpg) **I starte...
By Fatema on 2013-05-01
Six weeks of free squash coaching for girls
Coolhurst Squash Club (Crouch End, N8) are offering six weeks of free squash coaching for girls aged 9 - 14 years between beginner and intermediate standard. Sessions will run on Wednesdays 5-6pm be...
By Fatema on 2015-04-12
Squash Classic - 19 - 24 October 2015
St George's Hill will be hosting the Squash Classic between 19-24th October. This will feature several of the world's top players taking part in an exhibition match...Get your tickets while you stil...
By Fatema on 2015-09-02
Squash Coaching
_Written by Martin Shippey. Martin has been playing squash for more years than he cares to remember. He is an ESR Level 1 coach and currently assisting in a programme to introduce inner city schoolc...
By Martin Shippey on 2013-08-02
Squash Coaching
_Written by Martin Shippey. Martin has been playing squash for more years than he cares to remember. He is an ESR Level 1 coach and currently assisting in a programme to introduce inner city schoolc...
By Martin Shippey on 2013-03-14
Squash coaching for girls and ladies, NW London
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By Fatema on 2015-11-21
Squash Coaching
_Written by Martin Shippey. Martin has been playing squash for more years than he cares to remember. He is an ESR Level 1 coach and currently assisting in a programme to introduce inner city schoolc...
By Martin Shippey on 2013-05-12
Squash
According to [Forbes magazine](http://www.forbes.com/2003/09/30/cx_ns_1001featslide.html?thisSpeed=20000), squash is rated as the healthiest sport in the world. Bearing into mind health and fitness ...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Squash needs your help!
Please register your vote for squash to be included in the 2020 Olympics. Your help is much appreciated and very helpful to the bid. Vote [here](http://www.insidethegames.biz/polls/71-which-sport-do...
By Fatema on 2013-05-06
Squash physiotherapy
_Written by Physiotherapist, Michael Tegerdine. Michael_ _specialises_ _in sport injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation._ The effects of Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) can range from a mild t...
By Michael Tegerdine on 2012-08-09
Squash Physiotherapy
_Written by Physiotherapist, Michael Tegerdine. Michael_ _specialises_ _in sport injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation._ Tennis elbow is actually more commonly diagnosed in people who don’t...
By Michael Tegerdine on 2013-01-09
Squash round-up
The professional squash tours have been criss-crossing the globe in recent months. Starting in Australia in August where Ramy Ashour & Nicol David were crowned champions Down Under.The tours then co...
By Tim Garner on 2013-01-07
Squash Round-up
The Allam British Open took place at the O2 in May, where England’s Nick Matthew triumphed over the Egyptian Ramy Ashour to win 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 in 49 minutes. The women’s final was won by the M...
By Tim Garner on 2012-08-09
Squash Routines
_Written by Martin Shippey. Martin has been playing squash for more years than he cares to remember. He is an ESR Level 1 coach and currently assisting in a programme to introduce inner city schoolc...
By Martin Shippey on 2012-08-09
Squash Routines
_Written by Martin Shippey. Martin has been playing squash for more years than he cares to remember. He is an ESR Level 1 coach and currently assisting in a programme to introduce inner city schoolc...
By Martin Shippey on 2013-01-09
Squash tournament - Uxbridge - 23 August
The Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Graded Open Squash Tournament (open to adults and juniors) will be taking place at Brunel Sports Centre in Uxbridge on Sunday 23rd August. Entries will be taken o...
By Fatema on 2015-07-01
Squash tournaments - UK 2013
2013 is going to kick off with a bang, and squash lovers will be delighted that we have three different tournaments in three months. First off, we have the **ATCO World Series Finals** at Queen’s ...
By Fatema on 2013-01-09
Squashmatch.co.uk... How it all started
I actually started [Squashmatch.co.uk](http://Squashmatch.co.uk) by mistake. I used to play squash at the Sobell centre in Finsbury Park with the same person, and it got to the point where we both k...
By Andre Ainsworth on 2012-08-09
SquashMatch tournament write up - June 2013
The [SquashMatch](http://www.squashmatch.com) Summer tournament was another huge success story. Many thanks to Robert at Walthamstow Squash Club for the use of facilities and to the tournament spons...
By Andy Russell on 2013-06-21
SquashMatch tournament write-up - March 2013
The competitors for the much anticipated, [_Sweatband_](http://www.sweatband.com/squash.html) sponsored [_Squashmatch_](http://www.squashmatch.co.uk/) tournament awoke to what can only be described ...
By Andy Russell on 2013-04-10
Why stretching before exercise can affect your performance
Walk into any squash club, and you can see the various ways people warm up before. There’ll be the one person with the elaborate 30 minute warm-up routine consisting of stretches and touching thei...
By Fatema on 2013-10-12
Summer Squash Tournament - Walthamstow
It’s that time of year again! The Summer Tournament will be taking place at Walthamstow Squash Club and there will be a BBQ in the afternoon! All levels of players are welcome to enter, from beg...
By Fatema on 2013-05-15
Surrey Sports Park Graded tournament - 15th November
The Surrey Sports Park Graded tournament will be taking place on **Sunday 15th November** for grades A-D. It's open to both adults and juniors, but recommended that juniors aged 12 and over and ...
By Fatema on 2015-08-20
Surrey Sports Park Squash tournament
The next Surrey Sports Park Squash tournament will be on Sunday 28th February 2016. Grades A-D will be available to book and will also be registered as a 1-STAR event so you will receive rankin...
By Fatema on 2015-12-12
Susan Woodhouse - Coacher of Coaches - Interview
_SquashMatch interviewed Susan Woodhouse, a Level 4 squash coach. Here's her story...._   [![Sue Woodhouse](images/sue-270x300.png)](images/sue.png) **I first began coaching** after I had played...
By Fatema on 2013-09-17
The Big Hit - London
There will be free squash and racketball taster sessions across London over the next week. This is aimed to introduce new people to the sport. You don't need any equipment as everything is provided ...
By Fatema on 2013-03-21
The Squash and Racketball Foundation
The Squash & Racketball Foundation is dedicated to supporting those who encourage more people to play and love our sports. At the heart of what we do is fundraising to get community projects across...
By Fatema on 2013-05-30
Squash Update
The [ATCO World Series Finals](http://www.worldseriesfinals.com/) certainly kicked the New Year off in style, garnering some of most extensive mainstream coverage achieved and helping to push the [O...
By Tim Garner on 2013-03-10
Want to watch the ‘Legends of Squash’ play? Here’s your chance…
**Where:** St George's Hill Club, Warreners Lane, Weybridge, KT13 0LL **When:** Friday 14th- Monday 17th September 2012. Play is from 5pm -8.30pm on Friday, 4pm - 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and ...
By Fatema on 2012-08-09
Wanted
There are a couple of opportunities for budding sports journalists. The first is from **Sportsister** who are looking for volunteer sports journalists to contribute to their website on a weekly bas...
By Fatema on 2014-05-07
Welcome to the 2nd edition of the SquashMatch newsletter!
The last few months have been quite busy. We've welcomed Walthamstow Cricket & Lawn Tennis & Squash Club into the SquashMatch family, kept Facebookers updated with the SquashMatch Squirrels progress...
By Fatema on 2013-01-07
Welcome to the 1st edition of the SquashMatch newsletter!
In addition to the website, we have been looking for ways to bring more squash-related news to our members. So to kick-off, we have decided to launch a quarterly newsletter aimed at bringing you coa...
By Fatema on 2012-08-01
What to do… if I get a stitch
**_By Michael Tegerdine, Physiotherapist_** A stitch is a sharp, intense pain under the lower edge of the ribcage. As soon as you feel a stitch coming on, the best thing to do is slow down and put ...
By Michael Tegerdine on 2013-01-09
Win amazing prizes with Laureus!
Laureus are offering two lucky people the chance to win: - A 60 minute session on the Canary Wharf all-glass court - 30 minutes of coaching - 30 minutes of game play - Meet & Greet with Nick Matt...
By Fatema on 2015-03-16
Win amazing prizes with Laureus!
Here's your chance to win an exclusive money-can’t-buy experience....Win the chance to play squash on the all-glass court at the Canary Wharf Squash Classic this March! Not only that, but Laureus...
By Fatema on 2016-02-20
Winter Tournament - 8th February
Happy Christmas to you all from SquashMatch! We hope you all have a great Christmas and a happy New Year! For those of you that will be wanting a challenge in the New Year, we will be holding our ...
By Andre Ainsworth on 2014-01-04
World Class Exhibition Match at Finchley Manor (Ramy Ashour and Amr Shabana)‏
Finchley Manor Club have pulled off a massive coup with attracting not one, but TWO World Champions! So here’s your chance to watch **Ramy Ashour** (three times World Champion) v **Amr Shabana** (...
By Fatema on 2015-04-14
Xodus 7 Continent Challenge - by Tim Garner
A little under a year ago, I decided to do something to help push Squash towards Olympic inclusion; the question was what and when. The ‘when’ was easy, as it needed to be just before the final ...
By Fatema on 2013-04-01
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