Squash players studying at The University of Nottingham join a top University programme with an impressive record of developing world-class players. Alumni include former British and European #1 Peter Marshall, Commonwealth medallist Emma Beddoes, current world ranked #25 Coline Aumard, multiple BUCS medallist Hana Ramadan an current Commonwealth Champion Gina Kennedy.
The squash facilities at the £40 million David Ross Sports Village are exceptional; they include six glass backed court as well as an all-glass show court with seating for over 250 spectators. With 3 additional courts at our other facilities and a strong partnership with Nottingham Squash Rackets club, student players at Nottingham can access a squash set up unrivalled in the sector.
The programme also recently announced former world number one James Willstrop as an assistant coach working with our elite players.
Click here to read our full interview with James Willstrop
Our Premier Squash League franchise allows our students to see world top 25 players like Declan James and former world number 1 Nick Matthew on their doorstep. For our top sports scholars, it offers an unique opportunity to play alongside these stars in front of sell-out crowds at the David Ross Sports Village.
Squash at The University of Nottingham
Our performance squash programme is led by Head Coach Mark Fuller. Mark has both competed and coached at a national and international level for a number of years and also heads up the UK Racketball programme. As a Level 3 Squash Coach, Mark has played on the professional tour for over 10 years reaching a career high of number 118 whilst winning a PSA Tour Title - the Prague Open in 2015. He has 5 years experience coaching professional players including Coline Aumard, Hana Ramadan and Millie Tomlinson.
The coaching programme is supported by assistant coaches Richard O'Connor, James Willstrop, Cameron Bentley-Chessum and Owain Taylor, as well as a number of elite sparrers from inside the top 150 in the world, providing a unique training environment for students.
Players have the ability to train for 20 hours per week with a large number of team and individual training sessions available.
- 6 x weekly team sessions (120 min each)
- 3 x weekly strength and conditioning session (60 min each)
- tailored programmes and 1-2-1s
- 2021-22 - BUCS Team Champions (Women 1)
- 2018/19 - BUCS Team Champions (Women 1)
- 2017/18 - BUCS Women's Singles champion - Coline Aumard
- 2017/18 - BUCS Team champions (Women 1)
- 2017/18 - BUCS Team runners up (Men 1)
- 2016/17 - BUCS Women's Singles champion - Hana Ramadan
- 2016/17 - BUCS Team champions (Women 1)
- 2016/17 - BUCS Team runners up (Men 1)
- Gawain Briars - PSA World career ranking high of #4, former British #1 and current Executive Director of the Professional Squash Association
- Mark Allen - PSA World career ranking high of #41, World Student Games team champion (1996), former US team national coach
- Peter Marshall - PSA World career ranking high of #2, former British and European #1, World Team Championships winner
- Emma Beddoes - PSA World career ranking high of #11, Commonwealth bronze medallist (Glasgow 2014)
Studied: BA Geography
Squash background: Pontefract Squash Club
Top achievements: Reaching the Top 5 in the England Squash rankings and representing Yorkshire numerous times at number 1
"The University of Nottingham was always my first choice due to the great squash programme, nice campus and a geography course that suited me."
Studying: Masters Degree
Squash background: Former Harvard University Squash player & current professional player on the PSA World Tour
Top achievements: As of August 2021, ranked 74th in the PSA World Rankings. British National Championships Runner Up & Squash on Fire Runner Up in 2021.
"My first year playing with UoN squash has completely exceeded my expectations. Given that i am a masters student and therefore a bit older than the majority of the group, I was worried that I would feel slightly ostracised from the team, but this couldn’t have been less true!
The moment I arrived on campus I fell in love with the team! Everyone is so nice and sociable and the atmosphere around the squash courts is amazing. Being around such a nice group of people makes training so much more enjoyable, and I genuinely love showing up at DRSV and seeing everyone! I can’t wait to be able to compete with everyone properly next year!"