Grafton has 3 Qualified and Accredited coaches who can offer either private lessons or group sessions for both Juniors and Adults. Coaching is an important part of developing your game if you are serious about improving your standard of play in the longer term. Our coaches will help you develop the correct shot technique, movement off the ball, approach to the ball, court positioning, game strategy, choice of shot, fitness for the sport and self-confidence in your own ability. Our Head Coach, Marco, regularly runs group sessions and you can see the latest Junior Autumn Term programme on the Squash Courses page. Summaries of our coaches and their contact details are shown below:
Marco Spínola 07593 437063, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco is a certified and professional World Squash Federation/European Squash Federation coach with more than 10 years of experience, mainly in Portugal where he led one of the oldest and most charismatic local clubs. He has also worked in Madeira, where he was the founder of the project “Madeira Squash Academy”, the main training and improvement centre for squash development on the Island.
More recently, Marco developed “2dotsquash Academy” (https://www.facebook.com/2dotssquash) which aims to provide quality confirmed training programmes for both Squash and Squash57 athletes. Along the years due to Marco’s coaching techniques and persistence, he was able to push several of his athletes to achieve various awards and winners in different seasons and levels. Marco is still the Chair of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Squash Federation.
As Head Coach, Marco has developed his programmes in order to allow his athletes to achieve their goals and he is now putting his expertise at Grafton’s disposal, for juniors and adults, whether they are just beginning or wish to progress their game level towards becoming an advanced player. At Grafton Marco is carrying out individual and group sessions from Monday to Saturday, with pre-booking.
Graeme Hogarth 07890 875696, email@example.com
Graeme is a qualified England Squash Level 1 Coach who has played at the Grafton for nearly 20 years. Having come to squash at a relatively late age (34) he was soon captaining the first team in the Surrey Leagues and now plays at second and third team level. He has represented Surrey at over 50s level and set up the junior squash programme in 2011. You can contact Graeme via email or mobile above, for one-to-one or group coaching sessions on Saturdays or weekday evenings. Graeme charges £30 for the first session and £25 every subsequent session. A block of 4 sessions is also available for £90.
Harry Parkes 07979 694489, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry is an English Squash Level 1 Coach who has been coaching for over 5 years. He has been playing squash for over 40 years and has played for a number of clubs, joining Grafton about 3 years ago. Harry is an England Squash Masters regional circuit player and has been runner-up twice in the British Amateur Squash Championships for the over-60 age group. Harry is also an England Squash qualified referee and has refereed matches all over England. Harry is available for coaching during the day or evening from Monday to Friday.
Junior Squash Coaching
A successful junior squash programme has run at the Grafton for the past four years with coaches Graeme Hogarth (ESR level 1 and organiser) and Duncan Marlow (ESR level 2). We try to have a mix of technical development and fun games, often having handicapped tournaments so that players of all standards can play one another. Sessions are open to both members and non-members and work on a pay and play basis (currently £5 per player per session). We provide rackets, safety goggles, balls and biscuits, so come along and get introduced to a life-long hobby.
The sessions run from 3-5 pm every Saturday during term time. From 3-4 pm the focus is on younger players and beginners and from 4-5 pm we have intermediate and advanced players from age 11 to 17. One of our first group of players, Andre Bharath is now one of our top 3rd team players and this year’s current junior players Vivian Hogarth and Gabriel Bowen represented Wandsworth and Lambeth respectively in the London Youth Games. We currently enter a team in Division 2 of the Surrey Junior Leagues and are aiming to also enter a younger team (8-11 years) this year.