The University of Birmingham Squash club provides fantastic opportunities for all club members on a weekly basis–from professionally coached team training and BUCS matches, to more social squash and fitness sessions. The club runs four men’s teams and three women’s, as well as a development squad, and a social membership. The club is also heavily involved with the running of our Premier Squash League (PSL) team.
Our PSL team features some of the best players in the world, including our top student players. As a key performance sport at the University of Birmingham, the performance squad benefits from strength and conditioning programming, and further sports science support-including nutrition and sports psychology services, ensuring a professional approach to training and development.
In addition, our wonderful club committee runs many social events throughout the year such as doubles tournaments, curry nights, trampolining, and many more. As a result, we have a strong team ethos both on and off the court!
We are actively taking steps to ensure that we are following both Government and National Governing Body guidelines regarding COVID-19 in all our activities.
How to get involved
To find out more about how to get involved with the club, please use the red ‘contact us’ button to contact the club directly, or message us on any of our social media pages using the links provided. We will only be offering BUCS team memberships in Term 1 for 2020/21 due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are planning on offering Development Squad and Social memberships in Term 2.
2020/21 Term 2 Membership Prices: M&W Tier 1 – £40, M&W Tier 2 – £40, Development Squad (Tier 3) – £35, Social – £20
Please note that on top of the club fee there is a £8 fee (per term) that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.
Training times & venues
Training takes place at UB Sport & Fitness. Training occurs throughout the week at various times for each training ‘bubble’. Please contact us if you would like more details.
A typical week of training for a performance club member will include the following:
- 2 x High Performance sessions alongside PSA professional players (invitation only)
- 2 x team training sessions per week
- 1 x Warwickshire League match
- 2 x Strength & Conditioning
- Individual 1-to-1 and small group sessions
- Opportunity to play in the Premier Squash League
Meet the coaches
Jon is an England Squash Aspire Coach & West Midlands Regional Academy Coach. He has over 22 years of experience working with players of all standards, and is currently coaching a number of elite professional PSA players who are based in Birmingham and train at the University alongside our University Premier Squash League Team players.
Key successes and achievements
The University of Birmingham Squash Club has been immensely successful in recent years. Our Men’s 1st team reached the BUCS Championships Final in 2018/19, and in 2019/20 our Women’s 1st team was ranked No. 1 in BUCS and reached the Championship Final.
– Women’s 1 – BUCS Championship Final and No.1 ranking
– Men’s 1 – BUCS Championship Semi-Final
– Men’s 2 – BUCS Trophy Semi-Final
– Kiera Marshall – BUCS Individual Championships Silver Medal
Level of competition/participation:
4x Men’s, 3x Women’s teams
Men’s 1 – BUCS Premier
Women’s 1 – BUCS Premier
Men’s 2 – BUCS Midlands 1A
Women’s 2 – BUCS Midlands 1A
Men’s 3 – BUCS Midlands 2A
Women’s 3 – BUCS Midlands 2B
Men’s 4 – BUCS Midlands 3
Notable current scholars and alumni
Club Captain: Stuart MacGregor
8 x South African National Champion and a highest world ranking of 14. Steve won 8 PSA tour finals after reaching 18 finals and was a quarter finalist at the World Open in 2014.
An England International who had a highest world ranking of 24. Joey is now the lead commentator for Squash TV on the PSA tour.
Deferred his study of Geography as a second year at UoB to focus on playing full time on the PSA tour. To date Joel is the current world number 10 and was a semi-finalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Jan Van den Herrewegen
Current 4 x Belgium National Champion, Jan has only recently graduated with a Phd from Birmingham in 2020. As a UoB Student Jan has achieved a highest world ranking of 69, and was a BUCS Individuals Gold Medallist.
Others notable student athletes include;
Jaymie Haycocks – HWR 50 & 5 PSA Tour Titles
Jonny Harford – HWR – 59
Chris Truswell – HWR – 116
Miles Jenkins – Current WR – 145
Lotte Erikson – HWR 53
Leonie Holt – HWR 63
Chloe Mesic – HWR 56 & BUCS Individual Gold Medallist.
World class squash events
The University of Birmingham has hosted a wide range of world class squash events during the last decade. Notable events include:
British Junior Open (BJO)
The BJO Squash Championship is considered the second most prestigious junior open squash championship in the squash history after the World Junior Squash Championships. It is just one of just five Tier 2 events used in the World Squash Federation (WSF) World Junior Squash Circuit. The tournament moved to Birmingham from 2018 onwards.
World University Squash Championships
The World University Squash Championship is the official international college competition in the game of squash conducted by the World Squash Federation (WSF), which was first held in 1996 in Maastricht in Netherlands. The University of Birmingham hosted the event in 2018, welcoming players from across the globe.
Looking ahead – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
First hosted in Canada in 1930, the Commonwealth Games is held every four years, involving athletes from the 71 Commonwealth Nations and Territories. In 2022, the Games come to Birmingham, where the university will host both the Squash and Hockey events. The University’s award-winning Sport & Fitness club includes six squash courts with adjustable walls for the larger doubles courts; and its 2,000m² indoor arena will house a spectacular all-glass court surrounded by over 2,000 spectator seats.
There will be some exciting volunteer opportunities for our students, alumni and staff; and hopefully a record number of our current students and alumni will be competing for a number of the Commonwealth Nations and Territories.
Forbes Magazine has rated squash as the world’s healthiest sport!
Our club is involved in the running of our National Premier Squash League team, featuring some of the highest ranked players in the world. This means that world-class squash is regularly on display at the University of Birmingham and our students have the opportunity to experience it.