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GRAHAM STEVENSON – CURRICULUM VITAE
grahamstevenson@onetel.com
BORN:
25th April 1952, Norwich, England.

EDUCATED:
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).

QUALIFICATIONS:
S.R.A. Level 4 Professional Coach (1980).
S.R.A. Panel Tutor for all levels (1992 onwards).

APPOINTMENTS:
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).

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS:
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 Athletics.
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.

SQUASH HISTORY:
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
Biology.
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
Tournament.
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 ever-present on
National Junior Squads until the mid 1990’s.
1980-83: Coached Danny Meddings to become the British U-16 Open Champion.
1981 onwards: Set up as full-time freelance Squash Professional.
Coached Lancing College to 3rd Place in S.R.A. U-19 National Schools Championships.
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 Schools Championships.
1992: Invited to conduct a Level 3 (Professional) Coaches Course in Argentina.
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
Sports injury.
Launched ‘Lancing Leisure’, to provide a multi-activity (including Squash) ‘Holiday Fun’
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 British Under-12
Champions.
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 Africa.
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 South Africa.
Coached Tom Pashley to Runner-up in British Under-13 Championships. Tom subsequently
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 European
Team Championships.
Continuation of Adult Courses, and Clinics for Juniors, together with G.S. Summer Regional
Super-Squads.
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 Championships.
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-
ships.
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 selected for
England Squash Under-15 National Squad.
Development of Adult and Junior Squash at Bluecoat Sports Centre, Christs Hospital.
Honoured to be featured in the ‘Danny Lee Coaches Profile’ in The Squash Player Magazine,
and delighted to be characterised as ‘youthful and enthusiastic’!

NOTES:
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 enjoying it!

 

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Graham Stevenson
Panel Cottage, Church Street, Amberley,
West Sussex. BN18 9ND.
Tel. 01798 831428
Mob: 07941 52 20 10
e-mail:
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