NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY SQUASH

NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY SQUASH CLUB

The Squash club has four men’s teams and three ladies teams competing in BUCS and three teams competing in local leagues. 

The teams train throughout the week in a structured and periodised program and have enjoyed enormous success at all levels. The men’s team has won the local league premiership title and maintained BUCS premiership status for two years running. 

Newcastle University has developed a partnership with the Northumberland Club resulting in an academy set-up for local junior players and a PSL team allowing our students to play alongside some of the best players in the world.

Training has been further enhanced with the appointment of England Squash Level 3 coach Liam Gutcher and additional support from former National Champion and international player Bryan Beeson. 

FACILITIES USED BY THE CLUB

The University's Centre for Physical Recreation and Sports combines various indoor and outdoor facilities across Newcastle for our students and staff. The main centre is located on the main campus in the heart of Newcastle and is where our players access strength and conditioning, sports massage and fitness classes.

 

A £30 million redevelopment and extension is currently underway and due to be completed in September 2019, featuring an eight court sports hall, gym, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science labs, spin studio and second strength and conditioning room. 

The Northumberland Club located in Jesmond is arguably the best squash facility in the North East, with four hard back courts and one glass-back show court with seating for 80 plus spectators. The club has a cafe and bar area open throughout the day and evening along with extensive tennis and badminton facilities. Through the University's partnership with TNC a PSL team and junior academy have been formed.

Eldon Leisure Centre located more centrally in the InTu Eldon Square Shopping Centre is a large public facility with four relatively new glass back squash courts. The University's current Sport Centre is being extended and redeveloped for 2019 with four new glass back courts. Until then Eldon's brilliant location offer the students another base for matches and training

COACHING STAFF

Liam Gutcher 

Arriving in October 2017 Liam is an England Squash Level 3 Coach and Coaching Tutor. In the full-time position as Head of Racket Sports at Newcastle University he splits his time between leading the squash program and managing the other racket sports. Formerly a County Champion and a touring PSA player he still plays competitively for the University's Northumbria League teams and for the senior county team.

Bryan Beeson

Arguably the best player the North-East has ever produced Bryan has an extensive list of achievements: he reached number 6 in the world rankings, is a former National Captain, British Champion and a 16 time County Champion. He's been working for Newcastle University as a part-time coach for a number of years and still represents the local league team.

Ross Drummond

Ross is a UKSCA accredited coach, has completed a MSc in Strength & Conditioning and has over 5 years of experience. He leads the strength and conditioning program for the squash teams. Outside of the University he has worked in various roles, notably for the RFUW as North Divisional S&C coach, and in professional sport coaching Sunderland Ladies FC (Development and 1st team squads). He is currently the lead multi-sport S&C coach for the English Institute of Sport, North-East region.

CLUB PROGRAM

Individual Coaching - Various week days depending on term

Group Coaching - Mondays and Tuesday evenings

Tier 1 and below BUCS Fixtures - Wednesday afternoons

Northumbria Premiership - Thursday evenings

Northumbria Div 1 -  Various nights depending on fixtures

Premier Squash League - Alternate Tuesday evenings

Local Individual Competitions - Various weekends

Strength and Conditioning - Various week days depending on term

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