Pupils participate in three lunchtime sessions per week – these are physical training sessions, looking at aerobic capacity, mobility, footwork and movement patterns, speed, and strength. During games sessions, pupils will have the opportunity to do longer squash sessions with two Coaches. These are an hour and a half long and will look at the different aspects of the game. Pupils will also do four after-school sessions per week. These can include extended squads, again focusing on various parts of the game, tactical or technical, with lots of gameplay within these sessions.
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We participate in the National Schools competition, where last year we finished 3rd in the u14 event and 2nd in the u18 event. This year we will compete for the titles in both. We also play in the local adult premier league on a Tuesday evening. On average, we go away once per month for a tournament; these are mainly English events. We go to all the silver and gold events in the country as a squad, with transport, hotels and coaching organised by the College. We also go to one or two European events per year.
Our current position in the country as a squad would be the top 2. There has been plenty of success for the squash team over the years, and this continues to be the case. Players are going to some of the top Universities in England (Birmingham University mainly because of the squash set up, Nottingham) and America (Harvard, Cornell, Drexel, St Lawrence). We have a great network and relationship with the coaches at many of these Universities. We also have players selected to represent their country at the junior level, from U13 to u19.
Pupils have one on-court individual session per week with the Director of Squash, Mr Harford, lasting 45 minutes. Jonny played for England at U19 level and represented Great Britain in the World University Championships. His highest PSA World Tour ranking was 59 and since retiring from the professional circuit, he has been Head coach at Wycliffe College for over 10 years.
Zimbabwean Michelle Williams who doubles as a squash and hockey player, became the highest ranked female squash hockey in Southern African after completing a one year long level 3 England Squash course.
In addition, pupils will have access to Strength and Conditioning experts once per week. Which is headed up by Henry Trinder, ex professional rugby player.
For more information on the scholarships available at Wycliffe, please see the scholarship and bursaries page on our website https://www.wycliffe.co.uk/admissions/scholarships-bursaries/ or contact Jonny Harford directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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