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Coaching Profiles

We have a team of coaches available at Stratford Squash Club. They all are part of our junior coaching team but also available for individual coaching sessions for both adults and junior players who wish to improve their game further. All our coaches are DBS and CRB checked.

 

Latest Interviews- June 2019

 

Ahmed Eissa

1.  How did you get into squash? 

I’m originally from Egypt where squash is quite popular. I was introduced to squash by a friend who used to play and train regularly. I got really into the game and at the time my aim was to catch up with him and beat him, which I have managed to do in a couple of years. 

2.  What do you like the most about the game? 

I like the fact that Squash teaches you to be patient! 

3.  What does inspire /motivate you? 

I would firstly say my love to the game. Secondly, I like to be good at what I do and basically like to win. Finally, I was luckily in a sense that I was surrounded by a really strong generation of world class players who I always looked up to but this also means that I had to work really hard to try to catch up with them. Eventually, I struggled and had to make an early decision of choosing my academic career over sport, which I do not really regret! 

4.  Can you give us 3 top tips for the game? 

*  Learn the right technique as early as possible.

*  Find a way to love solo practice.

*  Make sure you keep your opponent at your back most of the time. 

5. Which one is your top squash player and why? 

This is a tricky one but I would go for the maestro Amr Shabana. We are from the same generation and I always loved his technique. 

6. Does anyone else in your family play squash?
Yes I have got two children who I coach. Both are National champions in Squash and currently representing England. AbdAllah is the current British Junior Open Champion boys' under 13. He is also the current Dutch Junior Open champion boys' under 13 and former Europe No.1 under 13. Mariam is the current English and British Junior Champion girls under 11. At the age of 9, she has already won many national tournaments for girls under 13's, beating all older and higher seeded players. 

As a current head coach at both Stratford Squash Club and Freedom Leisure Warwick, AbdAllah and Mariam are on court with me training pretty much every night which I really enjoy, seeing part of me developing every day and hopefully fulfilling dreams means everything to me. I am really proud of both of them!

Dave Petty

 

1.  How did you get into squash?

Not having been very good sportsman during my school days, I was looking for a non team sport to improve my fitness which was when I started playing squash some 45 years ago. 

During my early years as squash club chairman, I was keen to develop the junior section and get more children playing this great sport so I got involved with organising the coaching sessions on a Saturday morning. 

At first we were lucky to get one or two juniors turn up but by taking on new coaches and advertising in local papers the numbers started to increase. 

I decided that my administration role on a Saturday morning had to change due to the shortage of coaches, so in 2008 I qualified as an the England Squash level 1 and then level 2 coach, supporting the head coaches, Ali Aziz, Guy Pearson and more recently Ahmed Eissa. 

2.  What do you like the most about the game? 

I like squash as a sport as it is a challenging both physically and mentally and there is nowhere to hide when pitting yourself against your opponent on court. 

3.  What does inspire /motivate you? 

My passion is to get more people playing the game, particularly juniors and there is nothing more satisfying then seeing them progressing. 

Last year we organised a schools “ Squash Experience “ which attracted more then 350 junior school children from four local schools.

Most children had never heard of squash and definitely not been on a squash court. One class of 30 children would turn up at a time. The group would then be split into two with 15 on court whilst the others watched from the balcony. Half way through the session they swapped over.

It was a great experience for the children and was very positive due to the number of juniors joining as a consequence of their experience. 

4.  Can you give us 3 top tips for the game? 

The most important thing in squash is to concentrate and focus on the ball so my three top tips would be “Watch the ball, Watch the ball and Watch the ball”. 

 5. Which one is your top squash player and why? 

My favourite professional play is Jahangir Khan. You will not find a more dedicate athlete in any sport. He held the world record for being undefeated in 555 games between 1981 and 1986. From the age of 17 to 22 he ruled the world in squash. His success was due to his ability to train harder and longer than any one else, which only goes to prove the more you put in the more you will achieve. 

Note:

In 2015 David was nominated for the Special Recognition award by the England squash Polar. This award is presented to an exceptional candidate to recognise his or her achievements through a lifetime dedicated to squash.

Rich Rosenthal

 1.  How did you get into squash? 

I saw my parents playing so I joined in at my local clubs' Saturday morning junior coaching when I was about 10 years old. I have loved the game ever since playing at club & county level as well as captaining Loughborough University 1st team. 

2.  What do you like the most about the game? 

It’s so physical but it’s also a mentally challenging game too - you really test yourself in so many ways. I also love that there’s no major advantaged you can gain by buying expensive kit. A decent pair of shoes & a racket and then the rest is down to you.  

3.  What does inspire /motivate you? 

I’m always inspired watching the world’s top players - amazing athletes with breath-taking skill. Nothing motivates me more to then get on court and practice. When I'm coaching my kids tell me I’m a bit stern - but I really hope I’m able to inspire some of our juniors just a little bit, as players and coaches have inspired me over the years.  

4.  Can you give us 3 top tips for the game? 

* Movement is king: David Pearson (the best squash coach outside of Stratford!) focusses a lot on the ‘flow’ of movement around the court. If you think squash is just about hitting the ball you’re missing a major ingredient because great movement really sets up the rest of your game. 

* More than just smashing it in the nick: the majority of points are won by putting a series of shots together - not by miraculous winners, so practice and be patient.

 * Enjoy it: if you enjoy your squash you’ll play better. Play better and you’ll enjoy it even more.   A beautiful positive circle.

 5.  Which one is your top squash player and why?

 Tough one but it has to be back to the 1980’s when I started playing so the great Jahangir Khan. He took fitness to another level and has the longest unbeaten run of any sports professional  being unbeaten over 5 years and 555 games!  Sorry Ramy & Ali Farag - that really is hard to top!

 6. Does anyone else in your family play squash?

 Yes. Both my Mum & Dad used to play at club level, my sister played once in the junior British open, and my two children are currently part of Stratford Junior squad.

 

 

Ahmed Eissa
Ahmed Eissa
Head Coach
07517 267718
Ali Aziz
Ali Aziz
Ex Professional
07790 023814
Dave Petty
Dave Petty
ESR Level 2
07971 162479