Anything worth doing requires commitment

My principal aim is to make a real difference to the people and organisations I partner with. I work with people:

  • who are willing to dedicate the time and effort required to realise their goals or potential
  • strive for excellence in everything they do
  • make the most of opportunities and experiences.
Karen in Squash competition at 2006 Commonwealt „Friendly Games“ in Melbourne.

About sportingahead

Vision

To reach out to a broader international base with a wide range of development services to better the game of squash.

Philosophy
Accessibility and Convenience
Commitment
Clients
Approach

Vision

To reach out to a broader international base with a wide range of development services to better the game of squash.


Philosophy

To bring out the best in others I adopt a holistic and people-oriented approach to coaching. This approach helps empower people to pursue individual excellence and enables them to confront mental and physical challenges, while realising their dreams.

 

Accessibility and Convenience

An additional option for online coaching and consulting services helps cut down the cost from the comfort and convenience of your workplace or office.

 

Commitment

I will help you realise your personal or organisational goals with high quality coaching and support services at an affordable cost.

 

Clients

My clients are enthusiastic and passionate people with a simple desire to achieve their goals. They are open-minded with a drive, determination and dedication to succeed in anything they do.

 

Approach

Responding as always to clients needs. I encourage an interactive style as I have found it enhances and accelerates the learning process.

Karen in Squash competition at 2006 Commonwealt „Friendly Games“ in Melbourne.

Over 25 Years of Experience

I have spent more than 25 years competing, coaching, mentoring and managing projects. With a solid foundation based on an academic background in the assessment of sport and extensive experience gained across many cultures, I am able to cater for the needs of most. Through observing, evaluating, careful planning and connecting with individuals, teams and organisations I make the most of available resources to help realise goals and maximise potential.

From Statistics to Gold Medallist

Within two years of picking up a squash racket I swapped my work suit for a tracksuit, leaving a secure and stable office environment as a statistician at ICI (bell-weather of the stock market at the time) to become a freelance squash coach. With the aid of a government grant, a basic level coaching certificate and a strong passion for squash, I set off along a challenging journey which eventually led to positions and places I would never have dreamt of.

Having set off to play recreational squash at a community programme in Manchester in 1989 I went on to represent Hong Kong, winning a gold medal at the East Asian Championships in 1996.

Learning on the Job

I soon learnt that although courses and sports science provided a useful theoretical backdrop, there is nothing like learning on the job. Every challenge tested my coaching skills and ability. My approach has been to respond to the needs of the players, clubs, organisations and associations I have had the pleasure of working with.

Consequently, for many years I have travelled to far-flung places providing a consultancy service to the sport of squash. Projects have varied from delivering coaching camps at schools to larger projects which have included preparing national teams for regional events, coach education and helping to build a professional infrastructure for the development of the sport.

Consultant International Squash Coach

I started to establish myself as a consultant international squash coach when I qualified as an England Squash Coach in 1991. I was initially based in the North-West of England, freelancing at leisure centres and clubs alongside the regional development officer.

I updated my coaching qualifications along the way and self-funded my Master’s in the Assessment of Sports and Exercise, spanning the disciplines of psychology, physiology, nutrition and biomechanics.

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Insights and International Contacts

The diverse nature of my work has brought me into contact with many coaches, officials and representatives (inside and outside squash). I have gained an invaluable insight into the workings of their sports and found some common issues for improvement. For example: grass roots development, promotion and development, accessibility/affordability, quality personnel, fund-raising, communication, coach education, effective management, codes of conduct and transparency – to name some.

Starting Online Service

There is a shortage of quality coaches where sports rely on parents, volunteers and other enthusiasts to pass on any knowledge and train their youth. In addition, the financial constraints of players, clubs and organisations make travelling the globe to work on small projects difficult. Therefore, I feel the time has come to extend my services online to reach out to every corner of the world.

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Reputation and Pride

My reputation has been built on a professional approach with the highest integrity and transparency, responding directly to the needs of all those I have worked with. Their goals became my goals and I will go the extra mile in order to succeed.

I take pride in the projects I undertake and work tirelessly with those involved to improve performance. I believe in a detailed and thorough approach: an approach which is people-oriented as I believe people – not tools or processes – make things happen.