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 and Commonwealth medallist Emma Beddoes and current students Coline Aumard and Hana Ramadan holds the last three University singles titles.
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.
Our Premier Squash League franchise allows our students to see world top 50 players like Declan James 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 full-time coach Richard O'Connor. Richard has worked with international players on behalf of England Squash for over 30 years including world number 1s Natalie Grainger and John White, and Nottingham alumni Peter Marshall and Emma Beddoes.
The programme is supported by sparrer and coach Mark Fuller and Lewis Walters, both current World event professional players.
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Players have the ability to train for 20 hours per week with a large number of team and individual training sessions available.
- 4 x weekly team sessions (120 min each)
- 3 x weekly strength and conditioning session (60 min each)
- tailored programmes and 1-2-1s
- 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: BEng Architectural Environment Engineering (Department of Architecture and Built Environment)
Squash background: Current Welsh senior international and player on the PSA World Tour
Top achievements: Career best ranking of #265, silver and bronze medal at European Team champs (2014, 2016), 2 x bronze medallist at British Junior Championships
"I chose to study in Nottingham because the School of Physiotherapy is highly-ranked and my course has a fantastic reputation. It was also really important to me that I could also access the elite squash coaching, facilities and players to allow me to reach my goals."