Rhiwbina Squash Club was pleased to invite Hadrian Stiff (Elite Squash) to run a coaching day at the club on Saturday 4th March 2017. There were eight coaches attending and after a brief introduction Hadrian took the reins.
Whilst the programme included warm up routines, games and progressions, the main focus was on preparing the body to play squash as opposed to just pure technique with the racket.
Hadrian emphasised the importance of warming up and went to some lengths to illustrate the advantages in developing a good warm up strategy. A full session was dedicated to introducing several new ideas on how to have a useful and creative warm up.
A lot of the work was based around body preparation related to squash, fast foot work, balance, core strength and smooth body approach to the game. We then moved to simple routines with a view to develop progressions from them, and spent a lot of time working at the front of the court developing reaction and agility.
The afternoon saw the introduction of the elite youngsters and Hadrian split the group and created two working environments in which the coaches were free to interject and practise areas of learning from the morning sessions.
At the end of the afternoon session Hadrian gave a feedback and de-brief as to what had been achieved.
All the coaches found the day interesting and thought provoking.
We hope now to establish a working relationship with Elite Squash to the benefit of our youngsters.
A thoroughly successful enterprise; and our thanks go to the committee for their financial support for the day and to Hadrian who made it all so worthwhile.