There are five Northamptonshire clubs that offer junior coaching, and four just past county borders that may suit Northants residents – in Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. The juniors from the clubs that are very close to Northants take part in the Northants & District Junior Grand Prix and the Northants County Coaching sessions.
- Diana’s Health and Fitness, Wellingborough
- Lings Forum, Northampton
- Dallington Fitness First, Northampton
- Daventry Squash Club
- Brackley Squash Club
- Market Harborough Squash Club, Leics
- Buckingham Swan Pool and Leisure Centre, Bucks
- Banbury West End, Oxon
- Carlton Squash Club, Beds
Children from as young as five or six can join in the fun, going up to Under Nineteen level. Beginners are always welcome at any of the clubs, which will normally be able to provide a basic level of equipment (rackets and mandatory safety glasses) for those that want to try the game out. Coaching is normally based on age range, although some sessions are split on ability and experience.
Most clubs will carry out coaching for fitness and technique, incorporating some game play into the activities.
Once a child has made sufficient progress to be able to consistently hit the ball and serve, we welcome them to county coaching which takes place approximately once a month from September to April – check the calendar.
We run county coaching at the three Northants clubs with sufficient courts so that it doesn’t get too crowded: Diana’s, Lings, and Daventry – two sessions at each.
County coaching is usually run on a Saturday from 12:00 until 15:00, split into two hour-and-a-half sessions with the younger/more inexperienced children being coached first.
All coaches who run these sessions are England Squash qualified with the necessary DBS and safeguarding measures in place. We aim to do something a little different to normal club coaching, and it’s a part of the community-building that is the cornerstone of our junior development programme.
County Coaching costs £5 per child per session.
Squash training camps are also available in the school holidays, usually run at Daventry or Lings. They are a day long (10:00 – 16:00) and normally cost in the region of £20. We always employ a professional coach to run these camps – usually Mark Fuller – aided by other young Northants coaches. Mark has built an excellent and high-spirited working relationship with each of the players, and the holiday camps are very popular and well-attended.