College Squash Association (CSA) Partner
Team Training Programs in a unique destination
Barcelona Global Squash offers a unique Team Training Program for CSA colleges looking for a team training trip.
CSA colleges now have a partner in BGS offering a unique twin venue program with world class coaching and fitness training, brand exhibitions with pro players, and match play fixtures with leading university teams. All of this in two of Europe’s leading and most dynamic cities, BARCELONA + MANCHESTER where teams will receive the highest standard of squash tuition and instruction.
STAGE 1: BARCELONA
One of Europe’s most dynamic, smart and colourful cities as well as being an international landmark for global sport, Barcelona was the city that changed the course of the Olympics, and is the European city with the most practitioners of sport. It needs no introduction and offers expertise, sports science and training facilities second to none.
The first stage takes place in the Barcelona Global Squash Performance Academy (click here for further information on the BGS Performance Academy). CSA teams will work out of Barcelona’s most prestigious sports, health and wellness centres, namely Club Metropolitan historically linked to major squash events in the city and to the PSA Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona, and Club Arsenal, located in one of the most affluent and top end areas of the city.
Top class facilities equipped with state-of-the art equipment allowing players to supplement their intensive training under Spain’s leading coach and Unsquashable ambassador, Victor Montserrat, who in turn is supported by UNSQUASHABLE sponsored players and brand ambassadors, providing a simply balanced, inspiring and unforgettable experience and opportunity for intensive team training.
All of this with work and exercising possibilities under the supervision of BGS Fitness Director Bet Consegal; taking place on multi-floor fitness centers with cross-fit routines, swimming pool workouts to help injury prevention, spinning sessions for high intensity cardio workouts and pilates classes for a challenging core workout, just to name a few.
These top end facilities are backed up by even more specialised elite training state of the art centres like Novaelite Sports Performance Innovation that help to make the city a truly attractive city for athletes looking for the very best in sports training technology. Inaugurated by Rafa Nadal, this is one of two centres that offer unique state-of-the-art equipment and software for the very best of functional strength training and analysis for specific sports.
Barcelona as a city offers CSA teams innumerable cultural and leisure activities second to none including:
- Gaudi Architecture (Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera).
- Picasso and Miro Museums.
- Open Camp, the world’s first exclusive Sports Theme Park, planned for the city’s Olympic venues, offering more than 50 virtual experiences with links to every sport.
- The FCB Stadium Camp Nou Experience.
- Port Aventura – Europe’s largest and most spectacular theme park.
- Aqualeon – Catalunya`s largest and most well equipped water park.
- The beautiful white sandy beaches of the Barcelona coast line and emblematic coastal villages such as Sitges.
- Typical Spanish cuisine.
- Las Ramblas and the Old Quarter.
STAGE 2: MANCHESTER
A leading city in an area of the world with the highest number of resident professional squash players, Manchester is youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character. It is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.
This second stage of the team training program will be run out of the Unsquashable Academy Manchester offering a facility with unique training options and access to specialised expertise and facilities. Located in the heart of Manchester’s thriving Etihad Campus these facilities offer an ASB all-glass show court alongside six traditional glass back courts, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning gymnasium, and indoor and outdoor athletics area.
UNSQUASHABLE ACADEMY – UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Around the Unsquashable Academy Manchester, CSA colleges will find a region where match play opportunities are unparralled with one of the highest concentrations of squash clubs and top class universities. The University of Nottingham, with its new £40m David Ross Sports Village housing seven glass back ASB courts and one of only four all-glass competition courts in the UK will be on the list of venues for team fixtures and brand exhibition matches with Unsquashbale professionals: The University of Nottingham in 2015/2016 entered no fewer than 5 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams in the BUCS leagues and championships. The men’s 1st team were winners of the premier league and won BUCS silver in the end of season knock-out competition. The women’s 1st team were winners of the premier league and won BUCS gold in the end of season knock-out competition. Team players also performed very well at individual levels.
UNSQUASHABLE ACADEMY – UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
The University of Birmingham Squash Club is one of the University’s highest achieving sports clubs. It caters for squash players of all standards and presently fields a professional team in the Premier Squash League (PSL).
Recognised by England Squash for its commitment to developing aspiring young squash players, the University is one of only a few appointed TASS centres across the country. It is one of the UK’s premier sporting universities with a new state-of-the-art sports facility in the heart of Edgbaston offering six traditional glass back courts, modern performance gymnasium, sports hall, Olympic swimming pool, specialist facilities for multiple sports and sports science support.
- Stephen Coppinger: highest WR 16.
- Joey Barrington: highest WR 24.
- Jonny Hartford: highest WR 59.
- Jaymie Haycocks: mayor ranking mundial 61.
- Joel Hinds: World University & British U23 Champion with a highest WR 73.
- Lotte Eriksen: highest WR 54.
- Seven squash courts.
- Three of which are glassed backed with moveable walls, spectator seating and video analysis facilities.
- The University is a recognised Performance Development Centre for squash.
Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution and as a historic powerhouse of the textile industry, Manchester was the world’s first industrialised city. It has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport and the city combines this heritage with a modern, progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.
Well-known for its world-famous football teams Manchester United and Manchester City, the city enjoys some of the country’s best sporting infrastructures since hosting the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It is considered a world-class sporting destination and in 2017 The World Squash Championships will be staged in Manchester from the 9-17 December, making it the only city to host concurrent world championships twice and the first to do so since 2011. Almost 200 of the world’s best squash players will descend on the UK’s squash capital for the week-long tournament which will build upon the highly successful staging of the Men’s and Women’s Championships in 2008 and the Men’s World Championship in 2013.
Training and professionalisation for CSA players doing a Study Abroad Program
Barcelona Global Squash offers a win-win solution for players, coaches, and colleges alike.
While CSA players are doing their study abroad program in Barcelona, they can choose one of various training programs within the BGS Performance Academy. During the year, the Performance Academy focuses on:
- Bright and promising young players who wish to become professionals and join the PSA Professional Circuit.
- Helping and developing young professionals who are already on the PSA circuit and who need a framework and roadmap to break into the Top 100.
- Providing bespoke programs for professionals interested in working on a particular aspect of their game in new and fresh surroundings with Spain’s leading coach, Víctor Montserrat.
CSA players will be able to work on their technique, tactics, mental game, nutrition, etc as well as receive top class physical preparation and match play opportunities with BGS Performance Academy professionals. Now for the first time CSA players can combine a study abroad program with top class squash and physical preparation, thereby minimally maintaining their level and fitness while at the same time being committed to an academic program. They and their coaches no longer need to be concerned about missing the pre-season period back home; they will arrive back in the US ready for the core season with their game and fitness at a new level.
The BGS Performance Academy is directed by Víctor Montserrat, Spain’s leading coach and ambassador of the brand Unsquashable. He himself learned his skills both as a player and as a coach from Neil Harvey, exclusive coach for 10 consecutive years to ex – world nº 1 Peter Nicol. The Academy was strengthened in 2016 by the incorporation of Spain’s Technical Head Coach with ESF Level III qualifications, Joaquin Marmaneu. Both Victor and Joaquin are supported by UNSQUASHABLE sponsored players and brand ambassadors, providing a simply balanced, inspiring and unforgettable experience and opportunity for accelerated training.
CSA players can choose the intensity of the training according to their academic program commitments; BGS reports back to coaches in the US with feedback on progress and development; coaches no longer need to be concerned about their players disappearing from under their radar; players can train, live, learn and professionalise their approach and their game itself.