Professional squash player Mo El Shorbagy practising


The squash programme at UWE Bristol strives to provide an elite-level sporting experience for student-athletes, establishing a performance culture that has a clear focus on both sport and academics.

You’ll be joining a group of players that have performed consistently to a high level within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) framework and in global squash events.

The experience 

Team UWE Bristol Squash and the city of Bristol will provide you with the ultimate training environment. Bristol is often described as one of the best places to live in Britain.

You’ll be based at both UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus and Elite Squash’s headquarters at the Workout Harbourside Club. You’ll be training side by side with squash community student athletes and full-time professionals. As squash is one of the Performance Sports at UWE Bristol there is an opportunity to receive additional support to help you excel.

Training and competition 

This is a sample of the men’s and ladies first team weekly schedule: 

Tuesday Two-hour training session
Wednesday One-hour strength and conditioning 
Two-hour training session
Thursday Two-hour training session

Selected performance athletes will receive additional one-to-one sessions with lead coach Hadrian Stiff.

There are also weekly sessions for the other squash teams in the club. 

University fixtures

Fixtures take place on the following dates:

  • Stage one south: 26-27 October 2019
  • Second/third crossover: 27 November 2019
  •  Stage two and tier one playoffs: 8–9 February 2020

The coach

Coach Hadrian Stiff firmly believes in developing the athlete universally, integrating your on and off court experiences so that you can reach your potential. You will be challenged to face your deficiencies as a squash player so that you can build your resilience and robustness, and in the long term become a much stronger squash player.

The connection between body and mind in order to bring the best performances in practice and competition lies at the heart of how Hadrian teaches. All players feel at their best when this balance is achieved, but it takes practice and guidance to find consistently and Coach Stiff is an expert in helping players find this. That feeling will be taught and trusting in the process of learning and competing is at the heart of reaching your best.

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