At Mahadev Gawhar Multi
Purpose Gymkhana at Yedashi District. (11th Oct 2014)
District Interschool Squash Tournament was held from
10th October 2014 to 11th October 2014 at Mahadev Gawhar
Multi Purpose Gymkhana at Yedashi District. 62 players
from Latur, Osmanabad, and Nanded participated in Under
17, Under 19, Boys and Girls event.
competition was inaugurated by Sanjay Ghule (Rotery
Club). There were also other chief guest who attended
the Inauguration ceremony, Sharad Gawhar (Secretary Of
District Association) Amol Pawar, Ashok Bansode (Sports
Officer), Madan Gayakwad, Sanjay Gawhar, Rahul Adasul
(Secretary Of Squash Racket Association Of Latur
District), Vishal Kachare, Parmeshwar More, Yogesh
Dhorbole, Shrirang Raut (State Level Referee)
12 players won from Osmanabad &
they were selected for state level competition.
Cambridge High School students
put up an impressive performance in the District level
Inter-School squash tournament, jointly organised by DSO
and AMC on September 14, 2014 at Cambridge School at
Players from Hingoli, Jalna,
Parbhani & Aurangabad participated in Under 17 category.
The competition was inaugurated by Gautam Salave.
In an all-Cambridge girl’s
final, Disha Agrawal subdued a fighting Sneha Jaiswal
2-1 to clinch the title, while Ashutosh Jaiswal scored a
11-1, 11-8 victory over his Cambridge schoolmate Jayesh
Khadkikar to walk away with the boys title.
The piece-de-resistance of the
day was the final between Disha and Sneha. It was Sneha
who Surged ahead, taking the first set 11-7 before Disha
pulled up her socks to win the second 11-5. Disha,
however, was unstoppable in the decider as she won 11-4
sans much ado.
While Cambridge school dominated
the matches, Tender Care Home students also did well to
become the second best school in the tourney
The matches were officiated by
Kalyan Gadekar (Nath Valley), Kishore Hirvale
(Cambridge) and Sushil Shinde (TCH)
Divisional Squash Championship (Boys / Girls) was
organised at Wardha District Sports Stadium in
assocaition with Squash Racquets Association of
Maharashtra and Squash Racquets Assocaition Wardha
District on 25th October 2014. Districts such as
Gundiya, Nagpur, Yawatmal, Wardha participated. The
Chief Guest present at the Event were Mr. Sunil Ingole
(Sec, District Association) Mr. Wararkar (Krida
Adhikari, Wardha). The Winning team in Boys category was
Wardha and the winners were Aaresh Ramateke, Maynk Raut,
Seetesh Jagtap and Vishwajit Dhumale, Runners Up were
the Gondiya Team. In Girls category Gondia was the
winning team and Wardha were the runners up.
A free squash coaching camp was organised at Yedsi, Osmanabad from
27th April to 16th May 2014 by Indian Squash Professionals. The camp was
attended by 80 students and was conducted by Sunil Dawkar along with by
Anil Shinde, Sunil Borkar and Ashok Kasbe.
The squash court is
built in a field having all cement wall, cement flooring and tin top by Mr
Sharad Gawhar in memory of his brother late Mahadev Gawhar.
camp was successful with the help of Vishal Kachre, Tukaram Bhosale,
Yogesh Dhapale, Shrirang Rakhat, Dipak Mali, Mangesh Pawar, Ashrucha
Pawar, Nitin Pawar, Sujit Bhange & Yogesh Thorbole.
Hingoli Squash Racket Association (HSRA) organised a 2 days free squash
coaching camp on 4th and 5th July 2013 District Sports Stadium in Higoli
District. 35 players participated this coaching camp. Santosh Nagde
(President, HSRA) and Gopal Visave (Secretary, HSRA) inaugurated the camp.
Coaching was done by Sunil Dawkar (Sports Development Officer, SRAM)
The Squash Rackets Association of Osmanabad organised a free coaching camp at Savitribai Phule High School. The camp was attended by 45 players.
All the beginners of squash game were given guidance by Sunil Dawkar. The secretary of the association Mr Sachin Sharad Gawhar also briefed the players regarding the physical fitness associated to the game.
The camp was successful due to the efforts of Mrs Manorma Bhanwar (Principal of Savitribai Phule School), Rajashree Sahu, Satyan Shelke, Laxman Mohite, Vishwanath Karad, Kishore More, Sudhir Bhanwar, Parameshwar More, Ratnadeep Bhidwe, Vishal Nalawade, Yogesh Jamale and Srirang Raut (all associated to the school & association)
The free coaching camp was organised by Indian Squash Professionals (ISP) in association with Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra (SRAM) a joint effort to spread the awareness of squash in all 36 districts of Maharashtra.
Squash coaching seminar
at Chandrapur District
(10th August 2012)
40 players participated in squash seminar held in Rafi Ahmed Quidwai High School & Takshil College in Chandrapur District in Maharashtra
on 9th & 10th August 2012.
Since the district doesn’t have a squash court the hall in the school and college were made temporary squash court with the marking and Mr Sunil Dawkar explained to the school kids and college students Rules & Regulation etc of squash game.
Dr.Rakesh Tiwari President of Chandrapur District Squash Racket Association (CDSRA), Gopal Gatewade, Dilip Modak & Pandurang Goir (Members of CDSRA) were present on the occassion.
Dr Vijay Hingole (CEO) of Chandrapur promised to make one squash court in near future in their District Sports Stadium. Mr Shamsher Khan (Principal of Rafi Ahmed Quidwai School) & Mr Vinay Dongre (Principal of Takshil College) also helped SRAM & ISP in organising the seminar.
Squash Coaching Camp
at Hingoli District
(19th August 2012)
ISP in association with SRAM organised a free coaching camp in Hingoli District, Maharashtra on 18 & 19 August 2012.
The camp was attended by 45 squash players and all newcomer in this game were coached by Sunil Dawkar.
The camp was organised with the help of District Sports Officials and Squash Racket Association of Hingoli (SRAH) President Mr Subhash Ladage praised SRAM & ISP’s effort in spreading the knowledge of the game in remote districts.
Hingoli District has one cement flooring squash court in District Sports Stadium. Present at the occasion were Mr Gopal Visave (VP, SRAH), Santosh Nagare (Secretary, SRAH) & Anand Ghadge (Member, SRAH).
Racket Association of Akola District (SRAAD) organised a free coaching
camp at DAV English school Akola on 28th and 29th
July 2012 in association with Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra
(SRAM)and Indian Squash Professionals (ISP).
all 28 students participate in the free coaching camp which was conducted
by SRAM technical director Mr Sunil Dawkar.
committee also felicitated participants and winners of 34th
Maharashtra State Junior Squash Championship which was organised in Nanded
District on 8th July 2012 by SRAM.
players who were felicitated were Ms Kalyani Thakre, Ms Shivani Deshmukh,
Ms Sheetal Deshmukh, Ms Rekha Thakre, Ms Ujjwal Bhatkar and Master
programme was organised by Sachin Thakre, Santosh Sahare, Namrata
Katangale, Amol Suryavanshi and Yogesh Tekam all office bearers of Akola
District Squash Rackets Association.
squash coaching camp was organised by Kolhapur District Squash Racket
Association (KDSRA) in association with Residency Club in Kolhapur from 15th
May to 15th June 2012.
were more than 25 participants in the camp which was conduction by ace
coach Anup Sharma from Jindal’s.Mr Bharat Patil
(President, KDSRA) has been instrumental for organising this event with
the help of Sunil Dawkar (SDO, SRAM).
the end of the camp a tournament was organised among the participants.Following are the results:
Girls below 14yrs winner Miss Resham Raninga & runner up Miss
2) Open group for ladies & Girls. winner Dr.Mrs.Bhupali & Mrs
3) Boys below 17yrs: winner :- Mast Yash Sabnis & runner up Mast
4) Boys below 19yrs winner Mast.Yash Sabnis Runner up Mast
5) Boys open. winner Mast Vedank Patil & runner up Mast Pushkar Patil
chief guest for the prize distribution was Mr.Khalil Ansari. EX Engg
Irrigation Kolhapur Zone, who is also our patron for Kolhapur Dist
Racket Association organised a 25 days free coaching camp at District
Sports Comlex in Wardha Distrct,
with the help of Indian Squash Professionals (ISP), Squash Racquets
Association of Maharashtra and Wardha District Sports Office.
camp was attended by 18 players they were coached by Sunil Hingola.The camp was followed by tournament amongst the players. This
was the 1st coaching camp held in Wardha District and the main
aim of such camps is to spread the awareness of squash in
Sports Complex was built by Government of Maharashtra and the Sports
Minister had promised that by the year 2015 all districts of
will have a squash court.
Squash Racquets Association
of Maharashtra and Indian Squash Professionals conducted a Squash workshop
on basic Instructor Training between 1st to 4th April 2010 at Jindal
Squash Academy, JSW Steel Ltd., Vashind. The participants are form 23
districts of Maharashra namely Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Osmanabad, Latur, Beed,
Amravati, Yavatmal. Vardha, Buldana, Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondiya, Sangli,
Satara, Solhapur, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Vashim, Thane.
JSW’s joint effort
with Indian Squash Professional (ISP) and Squash Racquets Association of
Maharashtra (SRAM) for this workshop had sucessfully created awareness of squash in
the interior of
Squash workshop for 21
squash professionals from 11 districts of Maharashtra was conducted in
from 20th to 22nd August 2010.
The workshop went on
smoothly and all the professionals were provided with lodging and
boarding.Mr Sunil Verma and
his young team of coaches worked from 9am to 8pm for giving basic
JSW’s joint effort
with Indian Squash Professional (ISP) and Squash Racquets Association of
Maharashtra (SRAM) for this workshop has created awareness of squash in
the interior of
. Coaching was done for squash professionals of 33 districts in
namely from Parbhani, Usmanabad etc.
association with SRAM organised a free coaching camp at Nanded Club on 12th
& 13th May 2012 in association with Nanded District Squash
coaching camp was attended by 45 players they were coached by Kalyan
Gadekar.The camp was followed
by tournament amongst the players. In the men’s open Jagdish Khade,
Prakash Kalyankar, Namdeo Hatkar were amongst the top four and in the
junior category Ashish Godbole, Rohan Gaikwad were winner and runners-up
and in girls category Vidhya Waghmare, Sambodhi Waghware, Vidhya Raut,
Shivani Dawkar were in the top 4.
Semifinalist and Winners were given cash prize and certificates by Sushil
Kumar Chouhan and Sunil Dawkar. The Nanded District Squash Rackets
Association members Dayanand Kadam, Arvind Ingale and Dayanand Gaikwad
were instrument in making the coaching camp and tournament successful.
All the participants of camp along with ISP coaches Joginder Singh and
Professionals (ISP) along with Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra
(SRAM) conducted a free coaching camp at Aurangabad on 24th and 25th May 2011. The said
camp was conducted by ISP coaches Joginder Singh and Ramiz Mohammed. 24 participants
from Aurangabad, Nanded, Napur, Osmanabad, Pune, Sangli, Hingoli, Wardha,
Lathur, Nashik, Ratnagiri, Chandrapur joined the said camp.
A one month free
coaching camp was held at India First Foundation School, Karjat,
Maharashtra in October 2010 by Sunil Verma. More than 100 students
participated in the said coaching camp organised by ISP.
From L to R :
Mr.Bhosle, Dr.Ajit Kulkarni, Bharat Patil (Dir Sports Residency Club),
Sheetal Bhosle (Sports coordinator),
Mr.Baba Bhosle (Guest of hon), Mr.Amar Gandhi (Treasurer Residency
club), Mr.Vijay Singhal (Muncipal Commissioner Kolhapur &
Residency club board member), Mr.Karansing Ghorpade (Runnerup Squash
open cat), Vedank Patil (Winner U-18) Satyajeet Bhosle (Runner up
U-18), Dr Ravi Jadhav (Jt Sec Residency Club), Kapdia, Sitting
Samerjeet Ghatge (Winner open cat), National Jr players Mr.Laxman
Joshi & Kunwarpal Singh
coaching camp for club members was conducted by Sashi Pandey of ISP
from 10th to 12th July at Residency Club,
Kolhapur. The initiative was taken by Karansingh
Ghorpade & Bharat Patil of the club.About 35
players of all age groups participated in this camp.
camp was followed by the intra club tournament held in the following
week.Also exhibition match for the benefit of the
club members was held after the inter club tournament between Laxman
Joshi and Kunwarpal Singh. The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Singhal was
the Chief guest. A former player himself, he haspromised
to look into the possibility of including Squash in the upcoming
Municipal Sports Complex.
along with the coach Sunil Bhandari and Naresh Nihalani (Squash
Secretary, Nanded Club)
The second coaching camp at Nanded from
May 8 to 17 was organised by Indian Squash Professionals with coach
Sunil Bhandari in charge. There were many who were not aware of the
rules of squash. Some dozen players were badminton players. They
learnt the fundamentals of squash.
age group was 10-50. A year ago these people had no awareness about
squash. Naresh Nihalani is the one who introduced squash. Naresh
Nihalani is the one who introduced squash at Nanded club and he is
their No.1 player. Manohar Kabra was interested in sports since 40
years but didn't know the technique of squash.
Bhandari guided these players. Four-five doctors also attended this
camp and said squash is a very good game for fitness. Mr. Amitabh
Gupta, Additional Commissioner of Police Western region, Mumbai, took
an initiative for this camp, he is also Secretary of Nanded Club.
media also highlighted the efforts of ISP. Good players like Pankaj
Barara, Kunal Malpani and Harinder Singh (State level badminton player
of Nanded) were also there. On the last day the coach arranged for a
handicap tournament, whose finalists were Gaggan Chheda and Harinder
Participants and Office bearers of Kolhapur
Residency Club along with ISP coach Yakub Sheikh
This coaching camp was at
Kolhapur Residency Club from May 30 to 1st June with ISP coach Yakub Shaikh
incharge. Shaikh said: ``The players had fitness but no knowledge about the
game and its technique. Most of them had played tennis before. So it was
easy to develop their ball skills. But took time to get the judgement and
ball control. Still it was an interesting outing and with the basic drills
shown to them the players will improve. Most of them were in the 15-21 age
group so we can hope to see some good talent developing in Kolhapur.
Unfortunately there aren't any other courts in the city. Someone must do
something about this,'' the coach added.
Participants of the Chembur Gymkhana camp along
with coaches Anjum Shaikh and Santosh Kharat
coaching camp was nearer home, at
Chembur Gymkhana from May 1-14. Punit Wig, the club's squash secretary, was
incharge. It was the second time the club requested ISP to conduct such a
camp. The response was quite good with above 50 participants below the age
of 18. Anjum Sheikh and Santosh Kharat were the coach incharge. Puneet Wig
says the game level of the participants picked up very well after the camp
and there is a lot of improvement. ``The parents of the participants were
very happy about the camp and they wish to have more such camps in the near
future,'' said Wig. Chembur Gymkhana also had a home tournament for the
first time in the month of September 2007 which had 75 participants.
Participants and Office bearers of Central
Province Club along with ISP coach Anjum Shaikh
For the first time people
of Nagpur got benefit of ISP's coaching. This was at the Central Province
Club from April 13-17. Wing Commander Subhash Agarwal was the co-ordinator
and the ISP coach was Ajaz Shaikh. Agarwal played squash in his days in the
Air Force at command level. Those days pilots were allowed to play squash
and do swimming as part of their fitness regimen. ``The response was good
with 35 players above the age of 25 turning up for coaching. Most of them
were from the other racquet sports like tennis, table tennis and badminton.
The efforts of coach Shaikh were appreciated. Now the number of players has
gone up to 45,'' said Agarwal. The CP Club's courts were done up two months
ago and they have a glass-back facility. The only other squash courts in
Nagpur are at the National Direct Taxes Academy. Agarwal hopes ISP can
organise a tournament with players from Mumbai also coming.
organized a Coaching Camp at Hiranandani Meadows , Thane in the month of
players as well as juniors actively participated in the camp. They enjoyed
the coaching sessions of coach Ravi Pandey. A number of participants showed
interest in continuing to play squash even after the camps.
with the support of Mr. P. Premchandran that the camp had been organized. It
was because of his initiative that the coaching camp was organised.
Junior Development Program” has been prepared for the junior players who
enthusiastically participate in the squash coaching session held at the
clubs courts. There are over 35 children in this program. There are also
intermediate and advanced sessions at the Hiranandani Squash Courts.
Hiranandani, has been successfully able to create better opportunities for
it budding talents under the able leadership of Ravi Pandey, Salim and
Premchand Rai who are currently grooming the skills of these budding stars.
Chembur Gymkhana Coaching Camp started from 18th September to
28th September 2007 at Chembur Gymkhana, Chembur. This is the
28th Free Coaching camp organized by Indian Squash
Professionals. ISP Coach Mr. Joginder Singh and his assistant Mr. Anjum
Shaikh coached 43 players. The camp concluded with a friendly match
between the participants on 29th & 30th September
2007. Mr. Puneet Wig (Squash Secretary) & Mr. Puneet Makkad (A Member) of
Chembur Gymkhana was behind this camp, they took an initiative for this
Parents and the players co-operated very well and enjoyed the camp and
also willing to have some more such camps.
Professionals (ISP) is organizing a FREE squash coaching camp. A. I.
Singh (Squash Australia Level 3 coach) will conduct the camp along
with other coaches. The venue is Juhu Ville Parle Gymkhana (JVPG)
and dates are 23rd to 31st December 2006.
Batches for different age/level groups will be held from 1.00PM to
4.00PM. The camp is open to all age groups, and all level players-
from beginner to advanced. Advanced players can expect intensive training,
while beginners can look forward to learning the basics in a fun based
environment. This is the first free
camp open to all conducted by A.I.Singh.
Raskarpurwala and Ankita Sharma emerged individual winners from among the
75 squash players that availed of the 15 day free coaching camp conducted
by the Indian Squash Professionals, under the aegis of the Squash Rackets
Association of Maharashtra, every kid between the age group of 11 to 15
had something to gain.
The free camp,
held at the Mid-day A.H. Ansari held at the Mid-day A.H. Ansari Squash
courts, Andheri Sports Complex, under the guidance of Chief coach of ISP, concluded on
Thursday, with former Miss-World Priyanka Chopra giving away the prizes.
The camp was held
to attract beginners to the game of squash and according chief ISP coach was a great
success. "We received a tremendous response, but were forced to crub
the number of trainees to 75, who were selected after a systematic
process," said chief ISP coach, who was assisted by eight other
professionals, felt that about 10 to 15 players
had the potential to make it big if they worked hard.
need is the right kind of coaching and dedication on their part," he
said. chief ISP coach's enthusiasm was ignited by 11-year-old Raskapurwala, the
eventual winner among the boys in the open tournament held. Priyam,
playing squash for the first time in his life, is a black belt holder in
karate and joined the camp just to learn a new game. He played six matches
in a day to reach the final, where he beat Anish Dhawan 15-3 and now plans
to pursue squash, seriously. Among the girls, sisters Ankita and Nikita
Sharma reached the final, with younger sibling Ankita getting the better
of Nikita 15-13.
camp a smash hit
Mid-Day8 / 11 / 2002
IS dubbed as one of the fastest sport in the world. But faster than that
is the manner in which the Mumbaikars are taking a liking to squash. A
fine example of that was the 15-day free coaching camp organised by the
Indian Squash Professionals (ISP) under the aegis of Squash Racquets
Association of Maharashtra (SRAM).
at the Mid-Day A-H Ansari Squash Court, Andheri Sports Complex, the camp
under ISP coach ended yesterday with a
touch of glamour as Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra graced the occasion to
give away the prizes.
camp was held for beginners with the aim to encourage the sport in Mumbai.
And according to the head coach it was a smashing success. “We got more
entries than we expected and since we wanted to give individual attention
to all we had to select the 75 players systematically,” said ISP coach.
along with his eight assistants worked hard to groom a talented bunch of
youngsters who could be good prospects for the future.
of 75 children, there are at least 10-15 children who can make it big if
they work hard. All they need is the right kind of coaching and dedication
on their part,” he said. But the most surprising aspect of the camp was
the keen interest shown by parents. “Often parents would come and tell
me that they never thought their child could play so well. They would also
seek guidance for improving their game. I have never seen such enthusiasm
before this camp,” ISP coach said.
children, oblivious to the sport have now developed a taste for the game
thanks to the camp. One such was the winner in the boys category Priyam
Raskapurwala. He had never held a squash racquet before attending the
camp. In fact, he had been selected, quite luckily,through
a draw system held in his school Arya Vidya Mandir. But now he aims to
make it big in squash and will be pursuing his dream under coaches from
the first time in Saurashtra free squash training camp and tournament is
held at Rajkot at its indoor stadium.
coaching camp is starting from today 7th till the 17th
at Indoor Stadium at Rajkot. 20 players will get coaching from
winners & runner-ups will be given attractive shields.
Mumbai have organised free squash coaching camp from 7th to 17th
for 10 days at Rajkot Municipal Corporation’s Race Course in its indoor
stadium.Tournament will be
arranged in the last 2 days of the camp for the best players.
time in Saurashtra at Rajkot due to increasing interest of this game among
the upcoming squash players, such a tournament cum training camp has been
organised by The Indian Squash Professionals – A Mumbai based
organization is undertaking this event from the above said date.
this event at Rajkot training camp, there would be 20 members participating
out of which 3 female players would be participating.According to the Director Mr. Chauhan of Rajkot Municipal Indoor
Stadium this new fast game of squash, special squash court is constructed
in which wooden flooring has been specially imported from Germany.
According to Professional coach Mr. Chandan Jadhav, Rajkot indoor stadium
is well equipped and the trainees will be getting good type of training as
it offers very good facilities too.In
all they said that the rackets of this game is different and these costs
round about Rs. 3,000/- and the squash balls of different kind costs
between Rs.100/- to Rs.150/-
is believed that only rich persons play squash but it’s not the truth.Fast games of world such as ice hockey and table tennis is now
followed by the game of squash.The
racquets and ball used in the game are bit expensive but affordable too.
All players would be getting coaching from professionals for 10 days and
last 2 days there will be a tournament between these players. Winners and
runner-up will be given attractive shields and encouraging gifts.
of ISP Mumbai, Mr. Mahendra Agarwal himself would be present for 2 days of
make this event a big success Director of Rajkot Municipal indoor stadium
Mr. Chauhan and its other members are taking a lot of efforts.Mr. Amit Mehta – the member of ISP Association would be looking
after the coaching, tournament, player’s timings and facilities etc.
press conference was arranged to provide information about the training
camp where Ex. Deputy Commissioner of Rajkot Municipal Corporation Mr. A.
C. Rathod, Mr. Amit Mehta – A squash knowledgeable person, Mr. Pankaj
Sampat and Manager of Indoor Stadium, Mr. C. A. Chauhan and coach Mr.
Chandan Jadhav were present.
SQUASH professionals in the
city, high on confidence after a 10-day extensive programme under Abdul
Shaikh, were awarded the Level I certificate of coaching yesterday.
Shaikh, a reputed squash and badminton coach based in Canada, had flown
down specially for the purpose. The programme, organised jointly by
the Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra (SRAM) and the Indian
Squash Professionals (ISP) and sponsored by Air-India, was
conducted at the Otters Club and the Cricket Club of India.
The professionals who successfully completed the Level I programme
include: Chandrakant Pawar (The Leela), Santosh More (Otters Club),
Anant More (CCI), Gopi Mohite (Bombay Gymkhana), Prakash Yelve (Willingdon
Sports Club), Rajesh Sonawane (Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana), Riaz
Mohammed (Juhu Centaur), Vijay N Sonawane (Andheri Recreation
Centre),Yakub Shaikh (The Club), Sunil Verma (Jindals/Vashind), Ramesh
More (Bombay Gymkhana), Balakrishna Ligam and Uttam Patkar (Willingdon
Sports Club), Vijay Sonawane (Otters Club), Sandeep Parab (Catholic
Gymkhana), Aijaz Mohammed (The Club).
Prominent among the senior and junior players who attended the programme
include Niraj Shirgaokar, Aditya Manjrekar, Supreet Singh, Karan
Bhatti, Karan Pal Sethi, Priyanka Yadav and Rahil Shah.
women attending the ISP’ssquash clinic under renowned
coach Rahmat Khan had a pleasant surprise on Sunday when Film StarVarsha
Usgaonkar turned up for training. They watched in awe as the coach
patiently put her through the paces. In no time, Varsha began to stroke
the ball after a two-year layoff. She used to play earlier at Juhu
Centaur. Varsha echoed the feelings of most of the trainees when she
said: “He’s most encouraging, that’s what players want first and
sister of the twins Rohan and Gaurav, two of the city’s leading juniors,
has trained under leading coaches before but thought Rahmat’s way of
putting ideas across were better. Jigisha, of Juhu Gymkhana, thought she
would never be able to hit the ball hard. She was relieved when Rahmat
explained that not so much force but technique was required for doing so.
Indeed, Rahmat, in
this ten-day camp, is concentrating only on getting the 16 women to reach
the fitness levels necessary to reach the ball, and hit harder the three
basic strokes – the length, the cross courts and the sidewall shots.“
Master that and you will be able to compete on level terms with any women
player in the city,” were Rahmat’s reassuring words for the trainees.
As for film star
Varsha, Rahmat was reminded here how showbiz stars Sean Connery, Roger
Moore, Eddie Grant would have a game of squash at the start of their day
in spite of their heavy schedule.
The unsung men of Mumbai squash, the Professionals, or
markers, never had it so good. In three days they are being taken through
the intricacies by Rahmat Khan, cousin and coach of squash legend
Jahangir Khan during his winning streak of 500 matches, and unrivalled
feat in any sport this century. Rahmat is training some 20 pros who work
in gymkhanas and five-star hotels at the Bombay Gymkhana .
On the first day
he laid emphasis on the basics and ball control. On the second day on
Friday, he ensured that they pros had a proper feeling of every coaching
routine. He ensured they could play the shots properly, so essential when
showing others how to play. He then showed the game on with the help of
video, the coaching video he produced with Jahangir Khan.
On the final day on Saturday,
Rahmat will stress on the psychological aspect and the disciplined
approach: how the trainee must play as the coach dictates. He will test
how the pros do this when they go on court. Rahmat explains with ease in
Hindi as well as English. He finds a lot of talent among the pros but he
finds them subdued. " They should be dominant and expressive. The
coach has to master on court." The pros like his approach. Some of
them had taken part in clinics with Malyasian coach Maj. Maniam and
Canada-based Indian coach Abdul Shaikh.
explained theory well but Rahmat is superb in the practical aspect "
said a professional from ISP. Rahmat will next
coach a group of women over a ten-day period. Before that he wants to take
a look at the junior talent in Asia at the Chennai Asian juniors.
51-year-old woman is among the trainees at the free squash coaching camp
at the Otters Club.Organised
under the auspices of the Indian Squash Professional and sponsored
by Sajjan Jindal, the ten day camp which concludes tomorrow, has
attracted 35 trainees from suburban clubs.Ten of these are from Jindal township, Vashind, where they have a
womenArundhati Samant, has
developed a late interest in sport. The wife of an Assistant commissioner
of police, she says the coaching of coaches from ISP has been most
helpful. “ He has lots of patience which encourages a newcomer like
me,” says Ms Samant, who has also joined the swimming camp at Otters and
wants to play snooker and cricket as well.
one of the country’s most talented professionals, says he has been
emphasizing the aspects of grip, basic stroke play and movement about
court. ISP coaches lays great
stress on an easy swing and is good at feeding progression for the
professionals helping in the training are Vijay and Rajesh Sonavane,
Prakash Yelve, Riaz Mohammed and Sunil Verma, who is the coach at the
camp is significant since it will certainly increase the number of those
playing the sport.And as
they say from quantity comes quality.Encouraged by the response and the helpful attitude of Otters
Club, who have given use of their courts free of charge, Jindal may
have another camp during the next vacation, in addition to holding their
annual tournament for professionals – the Pro Masters.
was a good response to the first ever free squash coaching camp sponsored
by Monarch & Mudra at the Andheri sports complex courts.Nearly fifty took benefit of the camp.The trainees ranged from an East West pilot Al Powney, a Britisher,
to a tiny tot Shishir Karandikar, who was adjudged the most promising
player by coach Riaz Mohammed.
Powney was runner-up in tournament held at the conclusion of the fortnight
long camp.He lost to Sanjay
Goyal 9-7, 9-6, 9-4.The
trainees were divided into two groups – those who played a bit and those
had not played squash at all.In
the latter group the title was won by Gautam Kothari beating Vinay Sethia
9-0, 3-9, 9-5.The sponsors
who provided rackets and balls, plan to have another camp in October.
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