ESF launches new 'Coach as Manager' workshop

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ESF launches new 'Coach as Manager' workshop

The European Squash Federation is holding a new coaching workshop focusing on 'The Role of Coach as Manager' in partnership with the Squash Facilities Network.

Taking place on 25-26 May at the Padeldome in Vienna, Austria, the workshop will explore best practice models for coaches working at club level to grow the player base at their squash facility.

The workshop will build on the first ESF Think Tank in Bucharest in January last year.

Michael Khan, Director of the ESF Coach Education Committee, will lead the event. He said: "We want to discuss and share best practice models that are currently being used and maybe find new ways to grow our sport."

The format will be a workshop with keynote speakers introducing topics, which then will be discussed in groups and finally collated to a resource that can be used by all club managers and coaches.

Topics and speakers

Working with schools/Minisquash – Paul Selby, Off The Wall Squash, England

Club competitions/ladders/rankings – Jonathan Gallacher, Padeldome, Vienna

Developing Women Coaches – Jenny Denyer (Tranfield), WSF Coaching Commission

Squash academy/coaching for all levels – David Fear, Malmoe Sports Club

Date and venue

25/26 May 2024 - Padeldome, Vienna, Austria

Sat 14:00-19:00

Sun 09:00-14:00

(Allowing participants to travel Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon)

Each member nation is invited to nominate a coach, who is practically working at club level and willing to contribute and share experiences and knowledge.

To enquire about attending the 'Role of the Coach as Manager' workshop, email Michael Khan at


In addition to courses run by National Federations, ESF seeks to offer its member nations at least one annual Level 1 and Level 2 course and every two years a Level 3 and Coaching Conference.

In 2023 we had a Level 3 course in March in Vienna, a Level 2 course in June in Helsinki and a Level 1 course in Vienna in September. Additionnally we held a number of national courses in Poland, Ireland, Portugal, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

For 2024, so far we have planned a Level 2 course in February in Prague and a Level 3 course in June in the Netherlands. More details here.

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