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About

Hi, my name is Phillip & I’m an Online Squash Coach.

I create squash-related content for use online.


ABOUT ME

I didn’t start playing squash until I was 15, which was too old to ever become a proper professional player. As it turned out, I was probably better suited to being a coach anyway.

Most of my life I have been in teaching, although I have had other jobs, including factory and retail. Since 2000, I have taught English in The Basque Country, Northern Spain. Squash isn’t hugely popular here, but those that do play, love it!

From 2000 to 2013, I had nothing to do with squash at all. Then in 2013, I started my YouTube channel. Some of the videos are quite popular and I enjoy making them, although I find it hard to stick to a regular release schedule.

In late 2019, I had my left hip replaced and unfortunately it didn’t work out as expected and I find it difficult to move, therefore I haven’t made many videos since then.

In early 2020, Squash Player magazine contacted me and asked if I were interested in writing some articles for them and I have been writing one for each issue since then. It really is a great magazine and I highly recommend you consider subscribing.

I enjoy collecting vintage squash books, as well as some vintage squash rackets, but my focus is on the Injection Moulded Frames, made by Dunlop and released under the Dunlop and Slazenger brand names. If you know anything about them, please contact me!

I enjoy posting content on most social media platforms, but besides YouTube I am most active on Instagram, where you will find lots of short videos, photos from online sites and quotes from my articles. I also spend quite a lot of time on the squash subReddit.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

The phrase “Presentation is everything” forms the basis of my style. Of course, what is being presented must be correct and appropriate for the people learning! In addition, the style of presentation needs to be adapted to the learner.

Transferring my passion for squash is at the heart of my efforts to share the knowledge and experience I have built up over the years. I believe that keeping things simple, direct and relevant is one of the best ways to keep learners engaged.

Going from face-to-face lessons to online videos and other forms for presentation has been a very interesting challenge for me, and I still feel I have much to learn and hopefully future content will keep getting better and better.

COACHING CV

I started playing tennis around 11 years old and wanted to become a pro. At 15, I discovered squash and suddenly preferred that.

At 21, I broke the Guinness World Squash Endurance Record, and from that moment on, squash became my life. I moved into coaching at the Wembley Squash Centre.

Key Points

  • Professional squash coach for nearly 15 years
  • Attained the highest squash coaching qualification available at the time, as well as a LTA Part 1 and many other courses.
  • Middlesex County Coach
  • London & South East Assistant Regional coach (Assistant to Graham Stevenson)
  • Boys National Squad Coach (Part of a team of coaches, Paul Wright was National Coach)
    • Worked with all age groups
    • Juniors included Lee Beachill, Nick Matthew, Adrian Grant, Peter Barker, James Wilstrop and Daryl Selby
  • Squash Promotions Manager for Dunlop Slazenger International Limited
  • Ran the SRA/Dunlop Squash Roadshow – introducing squash to 30,000 children for over 5 years
  • Coached at a variety of clubs around London, including The Lansdowne Club (Spiritual home of the British Open)

Over the course of my career I was lucky enough to work with some incredible coaches, including Rahmat Khan and Jonah Barrington, as well as regularly practice with many professionals, including Jahangir Khan and Ross Norman.