Nick Taylor, Director of Squash & Racketball
Since turning professional in 1988, Nick has enjoyed an extremely successful squash career, reaching a career high world ranking of 14 and an England ranking of 3. During his touring career, Nick won 10 PSA world tour titles, was European squash champion in 1995 and 1996 and reached the finals of the British Nationals in 1995 and 2001. Nick represented the English national squash team, earning 9 caps.
Nick retired as a touring professional in 2004, achieved his Level 3 coaching certificate, and set up the Nick Taylor Squash Academy at Sportcity, Manchester. After holding several posts in and around the Manchester area, Nick was appointed as Jersey’s Director of Squash & Racketball in 2008.
Nick is in charge of the Squash & Racketball Development Programme and has introduced squash to thousands of children in the Island, running mini-squash festivals in primary schools and introducing a secondary school team league. Nick coaches the Junior Squash Academy as well as offering private lessons.
Nick’s coaching philosophy is to “Create an environment where players fall in love with the game. Don’t coach somebody too much, create an environment for them to learn and discover by themselves. Our programme is endorsed by many world top players including world champions and world number 1's and UK's governing body England squash and racketball”
Tel: 07829 747034 email: email@example.com
"Nick as a former world number 14 has the expert knowledge of the sport at elite level and has demonstrated to many that he has the skills to deliver success at the highest levels, having worked with the world’s top players including current world champion Laura Massaro"
David Campion - England National coach
"During our time together we worked on all areas of my game and his knowledge from competing at the highest level himself gave me the confidence to trust and believe in what he was saying. We worked on my fitness, mentality, tactics and motivation amongst other things. However, I feel his biggest input came technically. Nick helped me understand my swing and build on my strengths while addressing my weaknesses. We combined this new technical work with fitness work that I had never experienced before and this gave me the building blocks to take the next step forward on the WSA world rankings. In my personal experience I can clearly say that Nick is a fantastic coach. His work at all levels of the game is brilliant but for me, at the elite end of the game he undoubtedly helped me grow in all areas of my game and achieve the goals I had set out to achieve at that time"
Laura Massaro - current World Champion
Franck Matthews, Junior Squash Academy - Assistant Coach
Franck completed England Squash & Racketball’s level 1 coaching course in January 2013. He is an Assistant Coach on the Squash Club’s junior development programme working closely with the Director of Squash & Racketball. In addition, Franck coaches juniors and adults at both Les Quennevais and St John’s Recreation Centre.
Franck’s passion for squash and racketball is fairly new when compared to his experience on a tennis court as a player, coach, umpire and referee. Although these sports are very different tactically and technically, the underlying principles of enjoyment and mental toughness are certainly shared.
Franck is particularly keen on sharing his new passion by encouraging others to give squash or racketball a try. He organises fun ‘taster’ sessions to promote these sports in the island and anyone wishing to join in should contact him directly at:
Tel: 07700 883155 email: firstname.lastname@example.org