Types of Qualification
England Squash offer several coaching qualifications, three of which are UKCC endorsed.
Mini Squash Teachers Award (Key Stage 1 & 2)
A 3 hour workshop for teachers, trainee teachers and AOTTS wishing to introduce important generic sport and squash specific skills to Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils, in a fun and inclusive school environment (curriculum & extra curriculum time), without the need for a squash court.
Cost – £25.00 per candidate (minimum of 12 candidates)
England Squash Leaders Award
The new England Squash Leaders Award is a 6 hour course open to anyone over 14 years of age that would like to assist qualified England Squash Level 1, 2 ,3 & 4 coaches to:
• Lead Mini Squash & School Game sessions, within a school, club or leisure centre
• Lead informal play sessions, games and competitions
• Assist in the organisation, administration and promotion of squash, racketball and Mini Squash
The course outcomes are as follows:
• Understand the role Mini Squash, School Games & England Squash Game Cards play in increasing participation
• Lead Mini Squash & School Game sessions within a school, club and leisure centre environment
• Use the England Squash Game Cards to lead informal play sessions, games and competitions
• Understand the basic rules of squash and racketball and how to score a game
• Help create an inclusive & positive learning environment
• Have a basic understanding of England Squash initiatives and campaigns to sign post players appropriately
Course Pre-requisites – A minimum age of 14 years
Course Fee – £75.00 per candidate (minimum of 8 candidates)
A 6 hour course for qualified Squash Coaches wishing to extend their knowledge of the game of Racketball. The course will provide progressive ways to teach pupils the basic technical and tactical components of the game of Racketball, how to structure group and individual lessons, to diagnose and correct faults and to mark and referee Racketball matches and competitions.
Course Pre-requisites – 16 years of age and an existing squash coach
Course Fee – £80.00 per candidate plus £50 coaching membership fee (if lapsed)
England Squash Level 1 Award in Coaching
This is a new 2 day course designed to provide learners with the required ‘How to Coach’ and ‘What to Coach’ skills to deliver group coaching sessions to a variety of different participants. The course also provides information on how to support, enhance and develop players, clubs and facilities.
The course is made up of the following components: -
• Mini Squash and how to deliver Squash within a Primary & Secondary School environment
• Coaching different participants within a club/leisure centre setting
• An Introduction to Racketball and how to organise informal play sessions
• Creating effective communities
The course will be delivered on 2 consecutive days.
If required, please contact England Squash Coaching & Performance to find out more information about the new England Squash Level 1.
Course Pre-requisites: – 16 years of age, England Squash DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure (additional charge), Safeguarding & Protecting Children On-Line Workshop (additional charge)
Course Fee: £240, this includes England Squash Coach Membership
UKCC Level 2 Squash
A 4 day contact time qualification to enable candidates to learn the ‘How to Coach’ and ’What to Coach’ skills required to deliver the technical and tactical requirements of squash to juniors and adults at beginner and intermediates level, through the delivery of individual and group lessons.
Candidates will learn how to analyse player’s needs, plan for a series of lessons and to operate as a head and assistant coach. At the end of the course candidates should be able to: -
Prepare for, deliver and review squash coaching sessions to individuals and groups
Effectively use the Golden Rules of Coaching
Use appropriate how-2-coach & what-2-coach skills to effect change
Use a variety of coaching styles to cater for different learning styles
Using appropriate developmental progressions to incrementally develop your player or players
Create a safe and positive coaching environment
Coach the technical & tactical principles of the grip, drive, volley, service & service return, boast, drop & lob
Use the Development Player Awards as a coaching tool
Devise and coach basic movement patterns
Identify and develop the components of fitness
Motivate all players & set appropriate goals to maintain motivation
Work with other coaches – as a head coach and assistant coach
Observe, Evaluate, Improve & Provide Feedback
There are approximately 8 weeks in-between days 2 and 3 of the qualification, in which candidates have to a conduct player needs analysis, plan, deliver and evaluate 10 lessons – 5 individual and 5 group lessons. Candidates will also need to complete a number of home study tasks.
Course Pre-requisites: -
A Qualified Level 1 Licensed Coach, 17 years of age, attend a sports coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop, England Squash Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) and a 3 hour First Aid course
Course Fees – £350.00 plus £50 coaching membership fee (if lapsed)
UKCC Level 3 Squash
A 7 day contact time qualification to enable candidates to analyse, develop and deliver individualised seasonal and weekly plans covering all areas of a player’s personal development. To coach the technical and tactical requirements of squash to both juniors and adults at beginner, intermediate and advanced level (County and Regional Academy) through the delivery of individual and group/squad sessions. To critically evaluate the effectiveness of coaching programmes and support and mentor other coaches – as a head coach and assistant coach.
At the end of the course candidates should be able to: -
Analyse players’ current and potential performance, needs and aspirations
Plan a coaching programme according to agreed goals – Seasonal/Phase/Weekly
Manage a safe and effective coaching environment
Deliver programme goals using a range of coaching styles and methods
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of coaching programmes
Manage and develop personal coaching practice
Effectively use the Key Principles of Coaching Squash
Use appropriate how-2-coach & what-2-coach skills to effect change
Plan and deliver individual and group coaching lessons which provide technical and tactical developmental
Diagnose and improve faults
Identify the implications from the demands of Squash for the acquisition of skill
Develop strategies to present feedback and enhance effectiveness
Describe the physical demands of squash & the energy systems used
Identify, test and plan physical conditioning sessions for squash
Adopt techniques to manage a players lifestyle
Implement appropriate techniques to enhance a players mental toughness
Support and mentor other coaches – as a head coach and assistant coach
There are approximately 16 weeks in-between days 5 and 6, in which candidates have to prepare, deliver and evaluate 16 lessons and critically evaluate how player’s performance has improved as a result of planning and delivery. Other home study tasks also need to be completed.
Course Pre-requisites: – 17 years of age, an England Squash licensed level 2 coach
Course Fee: £1500.00 plus £50 coaching membership fee (if lapsed)
UKCC Level 4 Squash
The Level 4 qualification is currently in development by England Squash and UKCC. More information on this qualification will be posted on this page when details are finalised.