The Squash World Podcast is a companion podcast to Conor D'Cruz's 'Squash World' Facebook group. This is one of the largest online communities for fans and admirers of the fantastic game we call squash.
Each podcast features one-on-one in-depth interviews between Conor and a wide variety of movers and shakers in the global squash fraternity, from professional squash players, to presidents of squash associations, coaches, entrepreneurs, business leaders, club owners, etc.
The main focus: to grow the sport we love.
Thanks to Ross Gerring of the #SquashPlayersApp for making this possible.
Catalina is Colombia's number one. She talks about the difficulties of being a woman player, but is far from inactive . Together with other female players she has created Squash Latinas to promote the female game in their region.
Neil Hoskin is President of a squash club in Peterborough, UK. He and his committee have raised money to put a 5th court back as a squash court (it had been turned into a climbing wall). They also have 3 women coaches and courts are well used.
Passionate coach in Hampshire,England. Are some prominent English vets racist, homophobic, sexist? Should a coach in Sussex be sanctioned for posting his backside on facebook? Should the national body use "bringing the game into disrepute"? Are these idiots who talk about developing the game actually the cause for its decline? Why are more clubs not working like Wigginton Squash Club i.e. working on creating a base for all ages locally, a true community club? With 3 courts and pre-covid with 450 members, can any club do this ? Can clubs develop with ridiculously low prices? What is the incentive in England to be a coach when so many seem to think that the coaching shouldn't earn money or can't see the benefit of having a coach? The lost generations....working in schools etc.
P.S. if you are not a prominent English racist, homophobic, sexist cowardly idiot then you shouldn't be offended 🙂 Thanks Brian (dedicated to those women who have suffered so much crap by buffoons and hounded out of committees, coaching positions)
Margaret Haugh is well known in the Lyon area of France, is an avid squash fan and supporter of squash. We talk about why the standard of French squash is so high and yet numbers have fallen drastically. Womens squash. Are the federation, leagues and associations crap? Can you expect in 2021 a system to work where the Federation works more with associations than centres? Can a system work with so few coaches in clubs and at best one woman coach full time in all of France ? Margaret, you are lucky I don't live in Lyon or I would have you working for squash as a chosen volunteer and you would be a sponsor. Thank heavens I don't coach in France. I would have to sell my car and buy a bike. Enjoy.
He has created a brilliant app called Squash Players app. You can get a few friends together in your club and create your own ladder. No need for a license, no need to ask the committee, no need to interact with the local Federation. Let's face it: data is really bad in squash. With the same 20 million players figure quoted by dinosaurs without a clue..... Get on his app and register your club now!
Robbie Downer - another player left behind by the system ? He took the intelligent decision to leave and go where he can train peacefully. Many countries would love to have him in their system. Can a system be fair when coaches decide whether their players are picked against players they don't coach? Robbie is crowdfunding to try to finance his training over the next three months. If you want to help him now is your chance. Good luck Robbie, and do post about the crowdfunding and your progress.
Top Japanese player Ryosei Kobayashi, moved to France to study wine for his career but at the same time integrated into the French system at Aix en Provence. His squash game improved, and so has his knowledge of wine!