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 student Hana Ramadan holds back-to-back University singles titles.
The squash facilities at the brand new £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 new Premier Squash League franchise in partnership with MB Nottingham, allows our students to see world top 50 players like Nick Matthew and Millie Tomlinson 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, a Level 2 qualified coach with a current PSA top 150 ranking.
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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. The program is tailored to the needs of the individual to balance academic requirements.
- 4 x weekly team sessions (120 min each)
- 3 x weekly strength and conditioning session (60 min each)
- tailored programmes and 1-2-1s
- 2016/17 - BUCS Women's Singles champion - Hana Ramadan
- 2015/16 - BUCS Team champions (Women 1)
- 2015/16 - BUCS Team runners up (Men 1)
- 2015/16 - BUCS Women's Singles champion - Hana Ramadan
- 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)
Studying: BSc Physiotherapy (School of Health Sciences)
Squash background: Career best ranking of #46 in World Squash rankings
Top achievements: Three PSA World Tour titles, BUCS Individual Champion in 2015/16 and 2016/17
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.
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 come and play squash at The University of Nottingham because of the well-established coaching team and high standard of players training in the area. I knew it was the environment that would enable me to drive my game forwards.