Ulster Squash supports the development of players through its Performance Programme. Performance players are primarily those athletes planning to represent Ulster and Ireland and compete in international events. Key features include:
- Organising and delivering local coaching and training programmes for performance players
- Working in partnership with Irish Squash and its programmes
- Working in partnership with Sport NI, SINI and NICGC (Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council)
More details are outlined below.
Ulster Squash Player Pathway
Key stages in the development of players include:
- Introduction to squash: clubs, schools
- Participation: club junior programmes, schools novice cup, junior 1-day fun competitions
- Talent Development: Ulster development squads, Ulster competitions
- Ulster Squash Competition Players Programme: squads, camps
- Ulster Squash Player Support Programme: individual coaching and competition support
- Irish Squash programmes, Sport NI / SINI support
Ulster Squash Competition Players Programme
This is our main training programme to prepare junior players for Interprovincial competition. Players actively compete in Ulster junior competitions (Ulster Junior Open and Closed) and participate in training / coaching programmes such as:
- 6-12 week programmes
- Bringing players from local clubs together for coaching and training
- Players regularly attend one Area squad but are encouraged to join in other sessions
- Players encouraged to in turn support the development of younger players
- Summer and Halloween 3-5 days training camps
- Training and coaching programmes to match level of junior players
- Ranging from intensive high performance camps to development camps for younger players
- Typically one-day / one session events
- Christmas one-day event, special guest coach visits, junior inter-provincial preparation
Ulster Squash Player Support Programme (PSP)
There is a limited amount of additional support (coaching / financial) to support junior players competing at international level and in the Irish Squash Performance programme. Please contact Ulster Squash Performance Director to discuss.
Note: applications for PSP funding will open at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Irish Squash, SportNI, SINI ((Sports Institute for Northern Ireland)) and NICGC ((Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council) provide support for talented development and performance athletes. Mary Peters Trust, local councils, etc. may also provide grants.