The University of Nottingham has a great academic reputation, ranking globally in the top 1% of all universities and top 10 among UK universities for sport. With the coaching and facilities available players will be able to push their squash to the limit while still receiving a world class education.
Performance squash is led by Rich O’Connor, head pro at Nottingham Squash Racket Club and head coach of University of Nottingham Squash. He will be by Mark Fuller and Lewis Walters who both have many years of experience on the Professional Squash Tour.
Dynamic Squash Program:
Our program consists of several weekly sessions, including an individual session with Rich as well as a several coached team sessions and fitness sessions. Weekly squash sessions are run by coaches and players together. Mark Fuller will be available as sparring partner to 1st & 2nd team players.
Consistent successful results at National events:
Our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Team and Individual Championships, in local Nottinghamshire leagues, and in our annual International Tri Campus Games.
Strong ties with local club:
We are also fortunate to have strong connections to the Park (Nottingham Squash Racket Club) where many of our players are members. Here we are able to play with many other players and have access to several pros, PSL events, tournaments that allow us to work on, and improve our game.
Talented athletes are eligible for our Sports Bursary Scheme which provides financial and specialist support to players. Several of our top players have received bursaries over the past few years, helping them to maximise their sporting potential. Have a look online and feel free to fill in an application for the various scholarships on offer. Alternatively email Libby who will be able to guide you through the application process and put you in contact with the right people.
Notable player from the Nottingham University Squash Club:
Emma Beddoes – a Nottingham graduate with a degree in French and German – reached a career high of world ranking of World No. 11 in September 2015. She represented England at several big events and even won a bronze medal with her doubles partner Alison Waters at the Commonwealth Game. After winning 10 PSA Tour titles from 16 Finals in 9 years competing on the professional scene, Emma has announced her retirement earlier this year. Emma will be embarking on a new career in the summer as Squash and Wellness Director at MetroSquash, the urban squash programme in Chicago.
Peter Marshall – a Nottingham graduate with a Bsc in Physiotherapy and an Executive MBA from Imperial College London – reached a career high of world ranking of World No. 2 behind Jansher Khan in 1994. Marshall was British and European No. 1 for several years. He naturally played for England at many big events and went on to win the World Team Squash Championships title in Malaysia. In 2008, Marshall won the Over-35 British National Championship in Manchester. In May 2015, Marshall was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Squash Awards for his achievements, continued support and commitment to the game.
Want to find out more about playing squash whilst obtaining a degree from the University of Nottingham?
There are several ways you can do this:
- Get in touch directly with the Head Coach Rich, Fantasy Squash Academy Coach Mark or Squash Club’s president Libby
- Follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook group to get the latest news
- Have a look at the Fantasy Squash Academy website
- Contact us for a tailored visit of the Nottingham University Campus and sports facilities