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Inspirational Stories

Meet the female pioneers in our Squash Girls Can Coach campaign. Hear how they got involved and why they love what they do!

If you're feeling inspired, click here for more information or here to sign up.

Carrie Ramsay

Carrie runs the CAS Academy programme at Chapel Allerton Squash Club as a level 3 coach. She was coaching alongside her squash career and found herself "enjoying coaching so much more than playing".

What she loves most about coaching is when her juniors love it so much and just want to play all the time.

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Anna Vaughan-Hawkins

Anna is a level 3 coach and head coach at The Northern Squash Club in Manchester. She started off as a volunteer coach when she was 18 and made the best decision to coach full time about 3 years ago.

Her role is to develop a programme of activities that are as inclusive as possible to anyone of any level who wants to play within the club.

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Alison Insley

Alison is a level 3 coach who has had 17 years of coaching experience. She coaches players of all backgrounds and levels of squash, and provides all the equipment so there are "no barriers to participate".

She enjoys seeing how the love for the sport and the enthusiasm passes on from one person to another, resulting in more people picking up a racket and becoming hooked.

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Tina Kershaw

Tina has only started playing squash about 2 and a half years ago and never thought she was good enough to do it, but she realised that "you don't have to be an elite squash player to coach".

She is now a level 1 coach at Wycombe Squash and Racketball Club. She loves going on court and watching the smile on her players' faces when they learn to hit the ball.

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Jo Wallis

Jo had reservations about becoming a coach because she didn't think she was good enough. She was reassured that with participation programmes such as Squash Girls Can, "you do not need to be a fantastic squash player to be a coach".

She is now a confident level 1 coach in Princes Squash Club, coaching in a junior programme and Squash 57 for the U3A players.

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