England Squash launches Squash Girls Can Coach to develop female coaches
Squash has unveiled a new female coach development initiative, Squash
Girls Can Coach to advance and empower aspiring and existing female
The 12-month initiative, which launched today to coincide with Women’s
Squash Week (23-29 September), will build on the success of the Squash
Girls Can campaign to inspire and support women on their coaching
Female coaches are currently under-represented in squash with just one
in four being female. Squash Girls Can Coach will empower women to
develop and excel in coaching through training and mentoring.
Mark Williams, Director of Sport at England Squash said: “Women are
vastly under-represented in coaching and Squash Girls Can Coach is a
fantastic opportunity to better understand the reasons behind the gender
gap and to support and empower women on their coaching journey.
“We want to see more women in coaching roles and more women feeling
empowered to get started and advance their coaching. We have engaged
some of the finest coaches from around the country to help mentor and
develop women to reach their full potential.”
Squash Girls Can Coach candidates will benefit from mentoring from
specially selected coaches and tutors, as well as specific workshops
including the business of coaching and confidence building.
High Performance Coach, Tania Bailey who heads up the initiative said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be heading up this new initiative. I
personally would have loved to have been part of a programme like this
when I first began my coaching journey. Mentoring helps to build
confidence and allows you to learn from others who have been there and
“I have been fortunate enough to have had some fantastic mentors
throughout my career as both a coach and a player, who have supported
and guided me as well as challenged me to become a better and more
A number of England players and coaches including Sarah-Jane Perry,
James Willstrop, Declan James, Paul Carter, Laura Massaro, Daryl Selby
and Alison Waters have pledged their support for the campaign to help
inspire more women to register their interest in the programme.
To find out more about the Squash Girls Can Coach programme and to apply