At the University of Manchester we have several courts spread out across the campus in our halls of residence. The courts themselves vary in condition but they’re free to play on and can be accessed at any time of day, generally these courts are used primarily for leisure and social squash so they’re great for practising the skills you’ve been taught in our coaching sessions.
Our beginner and intermediate sessions are held at the Sugden Sports Centre on Monday’s for the intermediates and Tuesday’s for the beginners. These sessions are run by our three level 2 qualified coaches, Callum Ingram-Taylor, Richard Lawler and Jason Blue , who have already had several years coaching experience.
Typically these sessions contain some fitness, drills, and matches and will cover all aspects of the game. Participants can expect to be worked hard during the fitness exercises, it’s a great way to get fit and learn a new skill. The standards in these sessions range from absolute beginner to strong intermediate, if players join these sessions and become too strong for the session they can expect to be passed on for team trials where they will be coached by our team coach Annette Pilling.
As mentioned our team coaching is run by level 4 elite coach Annette Pilling who prior to coming to the university was the England Squash National Coach for 11 years. Having coached National and European champions of all ages, and even been a champion herself having won the WSF World Masters’ in 1993, she is the driving force of our coaching team and an invaluable addition to squash at Manchester.
Our team training sessions are held at The Northern in West Didsbury.