25th April 1952, Norwich, England.
City of Norwich School (1963-70)
Loughborough College of Education (1970-74), graduating in Physical
Education and Biology : Bachelor of Education (Upper Second Class Honours).
S.R.A. Level 4 Professional Coach (1980).
S.R.A. Panel Tutor for all levels (1992 onwards).
Teacher of Physical Education and Biology, Southend High School for Boys
(1974 to 1976).
Assistant Manager Portslade Sports Centre (1976 to 1981)
Coach to Lancing College (1981 to present).
Sussex U-12 (now U-11 & 13) Coach (1979 to present).
S.R.A. London & Southeast Coach (1980 to 1997).
Coach to S.R.A. National Junior Squads (1980 to 1995).
England Junior Selector (1982).
Member of S.R.A. National Coaching Committee (1987).
S.R.A. Panel Tutor (1987).
1968-70: Captain of Norfolk Under-19 Tennis Team.
1969: Represented Norfolk at National Schools Athletics Championships.
1970-74: Represented Loughborough Colleges at Tennis, Squash, Badminton, and
Captain of Tennis 1971 and 1972.
1973: Selected for England Universities Athletic Union Tennis Team versus
Scotland UAU, and The
All England Club, Wimbledon.
1979: Selected for Sussex Senior Squash Team.
1994: Invited to play for Jesters Squash Team.
1970: First set foot on a Squash court, at the East Anglia Tennis &
Squash Club, Norwich!
1974-76: Introduced Squash to Southend High School for Boys, while
teaching Physical Education and
1976-81: Assistant Manager at Portslade Sports Centre, involved in
the promotion and development of
all aspects of Squash in the area.
Set up the Sussex Junior Squash Leagues, and organised the first ever
Under-12 Open Squash
1980: Qualified as S.R.A. Level 3 Professional (now Level 4) Coach,
and was invited to coach the
England Under-12 Squad, under Jonah Barrington’s direction. Remained
National Junior Squads until the mid 1990’s.
1980-83: Coached Danny Meddings to become the British U-16 Open
1981 onwards: Set up as full-time freelance Squash Professional.
Coached Lancing College to 3rd Place in S.R.A. U-19 National Schools
1987: Became involved in the training of coaches.
1989: Author of the Collins Coaching Guide ‘How to Coach Squash’.
1990: Initiated ‘G.S. Squash Holidays’, a week of residential
coaching and fun for ambitious players
based at Lancing College.
1990/91: Coached Lancing College to S.R.A. National Schools Title.
1991/92: Coached Lancing College to Runners-up in S.R.A. National
1992: Invited to conduct a Level 3 (Professional) Coaches Course in
Also invited to lecture on ‘Squash Technique & Injuries’ to the British
Association of Sport &
Medicine – became an annual engagement, and opportunity to influence
doctors’ attitude to
Launched ‘Lancing Leisure’, to provide a multi-activity (including Squash)
Scheme for children, utilising the Lancing College facilities.
1993: Managed London & Southeast Area Teams to an unprecedented
‘clean-sweep’ of all three age-
groups, in the S.R.A. Inter-Area Championships.
Introduced an Adult Squash Holiday Week at Lancing College, attracting
players from all over
the country, and from overseas.
1994: Invited to coach the Nottinghamshire Juniors – became a
biannual event for five years.
1995: Invited to coach the Juniors in Pretoria, South Africa.
Invited to Denmark, to coach the National Squads (Senior & Junior).
1996: Appointed an S.R.A. Level 4 Tutor.
Two ‘G.S. Squad’ Players, Suzie Pierrepont and Brandon Hanley, became
Tim Vail, a G.S. pupil since the age of 10, selected for England U-19 Team
Squad for World
Junior Championships (U-19).
1997: Tutored S.R.A. Level 4 / Professional Coaches Course.
1998: Invited to work with the Army U-25 Squad at Sandhurst.
1999: Tenth anniversary of G.S. Squash Holidays – the largest ever
G.S. International Squash Camp.
Invited to conduct a Squash Camp for the Guernsey S.R.A.
Invited to coach in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.
2001: Invited to conduct another Junior Course in Pretoria, South
Invited to repeat the Guernsey Squash Camp.
Invited to run two Junior Camps in France, to organise a week’s Coaching
Course for South
African Juniors touring England, and to repeat and expand junior courses in
Coached Tom Pashley to Runner-up in British Under-13 Championships. Tom
ranked Number 1 nationally.
2002: Numerous Adult and Junior Courses, including the London &
Southeast Regional Super-Squads.
Tutoring of Coaches.
2003: Coached Tom Pashley to British Under-15 Title, and helped coach
Oli Pett to Runner-up in
same Championships. Oli Pett subsequently selected for England U-15 Team for
Continuation of Adult Courses, and Clinics for Juniors, together with G.S.
Co-tutored England Squash Level 3 Coaches Course.
2004 onwards: Continuation of Adult and Junior Courses, and
Development Clinics, together with
Sussex Squads, and G.S. Super-Squads.
2006/7: Coached Sussex U-13’s to 3rd place in National Inter-County
2007: Invited to run an Adult Course at the Amida Club, Middlesex.
2008: Awarded the Lancing College ‘Sports Coach of the Year’.
2008/9: Coached Lancing College to Runners-up in England Squash U-15
National Schools Champion-
Set-up two Exhibition Evenings featuring Peter Nicol, at Lancing College,
and the Bluecoat
Sports Centre at Christs Hospital School.
G.S. and Lancing College pupil, Cameron Western No.1 in U-15 Area Team, and
England Squash Under-15 National Squad.
Development of Adult and Junior Squash at Bluecoat Sports Centre, Christs
Honoured to be featured in the ‘Danny Lee Coaches Profile’ in The Squash
and delighted to be characterised as ‘youthful and enthusiastic’!
In summary, working as a full-time professional coach since 1981, Graham has
guided well over twenty juniors to National Squad selection, and numerous
others to Area Squad status. Pupils have won national titles, played for
England at junior level, and some have gone on to become full-time
world-ranked professional players, with a number pursuing very successful
careers as professional coaches (notably Mike Harris and Tim Vail). Graham
was an integral part of the National Squad structure inspired by the
inimitable Edward Poore, for some fifteen years from 1980, enjoying the
privilege of working alongside the legendary Jonah Barrington, from whom he
gained so much, in both knowledge and inspiration. This was an era of such
happy and exciting national squads (both players and coaches regularly
reminisce enthusiastically), which resulted in a remarkable crop of
world-class professional players – among them Simon Parke, Peter Marshall,
Chris Walker, Danny Meddings, Del Harris, Mark Cairns, Steve Meads, David
Lloyd, to name a few – who dominated the world rankings, and secured several
World Team Titles, notably 1995 and 1997.
Throughout this period, Graham has been coach to Lancing College, helping to
maintain their proud tradition of being an enduring force in School Squash,
and has similarly worked continuously with the Under-11/13 Sussex players.
The London & Southeast Area enjoyed more than a decade of unbroken success
in Inter-Area Competition under Graham’s stewardship as Area Coach, an era
which ended only because England Squash suspended the Area programme.
Spotting that there was little available in the way of coaching courses for
ambitious adults, Graham began week long Adult Squash Holidays in 1993,
which evolved into the present Weekend Courses and One-Day Clinics. He
continues to be one of the very few coaches in the country running courses
for adults, and will carry on doing so until either he or his pupils stop
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