ISP organized a free
coaching camp at Juhu Ville Parle Gymkhana during the winter vacations.
A.I. Singh, who was assisted by Sachin Jadhav, Anil Mohite and Manish
Chavan, conducted the camp. 40 participants attended the camp, coming from
locations as far as Borivali and Churchgate. There were outstation players
too, and one had bunked college for attending the camp, so we won’t name
him! The spectrum of players ranged from beginners to advanced, young to
very young- young being Bhushan Kumar and Sunil Goel- both 41, and
youngest being Khushi Tomar- just 6 years of age!
The ten-day camp had
each day divided into 4 sessions for different groups of players, spread
over 4 hours each day. The groups had been formed according to the playing
standard of participants. The most advanced group, consisting of Ashok
Suhag, Nilay Dalal, Ajan Jayant, Viraj Nayar, Kahan Gandhi, Sunil Goel,
Gautam Modi and Rahul Modi started the proceedings each day. The focus
area for this group was to learn some tactics, and refine their technique
to implement those tactics. As their drills and energy reserves neared
depletion, the next group of intermediate players would start limbering
up, and challenging the tired first group players for matches! This second
group consisted of Akshay Ahuja, Rahul Rajani, Rishabh Wadhwa, Shivam
Mehta, Aashay Kejdiwal, Aditya Singhi and Rajat Agarwal, who doubled up as
the camp entertainer with his antics. In fact, the camp had begun with an
exhibition match between Rajat and Aditya. The stakes were high, as Aditya,
being an Under-11 player, had to beat Rajat (Under-9 champion) in order to
qualify for participating in ISP Platinum Jubilee tournament! He managed.
As the 2nd
group’s training progressed, the other group players would play ‘fun
games’ in the tennis courts. Some of the players who enjoyed the camp
and attended regularly were Eera, Yuvraj, Aditya, Dhruv, Divya, Shaishir,
Hrushit, Jeet, Ramiz, Hussain, Gauri, Kanai, Aniket, Sahej, Arjuna, and
Karan (from Bangalore). Then they had about two hours to continue having
fun while learning some basics of squash. This group was made aware of
fundamentals such as and ideal Grip, Swing etc, which they could practice
during and after the camp. Enjoying a group atmosphere and forming
friendships was a priority. A brief talk on Nutrition was delivered to the
players by A.I.Singh.
ISP also gained from
the camp. Several beginners were initiated to squash due to this camp.
Further, as per observations from participants and feedback from coaches,
future camps will have stipulations that participants must compulsorily
attend on the first day, and then attend at least 50% of the
sessions. It observed that players who miss the briefing, basics of
squash, planning for the camp etc on the first day never really gel with
the rest of the players and cannot be oriented later.
The camp served as an
excellent opportunity to enhance the coaching skills of the assisting
coaches, who started with some amount of hesitation in addressing groups
of players, but eventually overcame their shyness and did well to manage
large groups and hold their attention to the drill objectives.
Capt Suvarna, Asst.
Controller (Sports) of Juhu Ville Parle Gymkhana, handed the participation
certificates to players at the end of the camp.
next camp is planned for May. This will be a longer duration camp in terms
of days and hours for each day, with totally separate timings for advanced
players, and a 30 minute transition time before the other group players
arrive. This will enable each group to be managed more effectively and
provide breaks for coaches. A training plan that includes progression for
each player’s capabilities will be provided to each participant of every
group. Keep an eye on our website for that camp’s announcement!
Residents take to squash
Mid-day 9th June 2004.
The second Indian
Squash Professionals awareness clinic at the Oberoi Garden Housing
Society, Kandivali (E) is a smashing success.
Thirty nine juniors
(under-19) participated and received training from Sanjay Pawar, the son
of nine-time National champion Chandrakant Pawar, along with assistants
Samir Pawar (Andheri Sports Club) and Prashant Khere (Country Club).
Under-19 player Karan
Goyal said he felt great after playing squash and was inclined to take up
the game full time.Mekhla
Joshi, also an under-19 player, said camps like these should be held
throughout the year.Esha Adhwara wanted to test her skills in tournaments after
benefiting from this clinic.
Charles, the manager of
all the four residential societies – Oberoi Garden, Challengers Club,
Viceroy and Gundecha said he would ensure members get the right kind of
guidance in the sport.
The Oberoi Garden
clinic ends on June 9.The
next clinic will be held at Ghatkopar Jolly Gymkhana from June 14.
The third Indian Squash
Professionals Squash Awareness Clinic at Jolly Gymkhana was a success with
20 players participating in the ten-day free camp for beginners.
But after the camp most
of the participants said they would be taking up squash more seriously.
“My friends and I
have become very serious about the game and are looking to organize a
tournament at the gymkhana very soon,” said one of the participants
Vinay Phatarphekar said this clinic had changed the entire look of the
game and has given different looks to the members.
On the last day a
tournament was organized in three different categories after which the
joint honorary secretary of Jolly Gymkhana, Jitendra Zatakia and Balwant
Sanghrajka awarded mementos to the winners.
The next camp will be
held at Goregaon Sports Club.
The Indian Squash
Professionals’ (ISP) work of promoting squash to all parts of the city
continued with another free coaching camp at the Goregaon Sports Club.The 10 day camp that concluded yesterday saw 25 beginners from the
age of 12 to 45 taking to the game.
ISP has organized such
a camp for the first time in this suburban club.Sanjay Pawar was more than happy with the turnout.“The club itself is quite new (it was inaugurated in March this
year) and so the response is more than overwhelming.Their interest in the game is also high,” Pawar said.Jadhav, who also conducts regular coaching at the club, was
of the same opinion.“Everyone
is regular and has worked hard at learning the basics.In 10 days they have managed to understand the basics really well.
They can become good players if they continue to practice every day,”
One of the beginners,
Chintan Shah, took the game just for recreation but has now developed a
liking towards it.“In the beginning I came to the camp just for fun.But now I really like playing squash.”“I can’t wait to improve my game and play in tournaments,”
said Shah who comes from Juhu everyday for the camp.
Yet another squash camp, conducted by the Indian Squash Professionals,
concluded at the Renaissance Club on Wednesday. The ten-day camp was attended by 20 players from various age groups who
received basic training from coaches of ISP.
This was the fifth camp organized by the ISP with an aim to promote squash
in the city. ISP has plans to organise 25 more camps across the city.
35-year-old Farzana Kazi, who participated in the camp with her two
childre said that the camp was very beneficial and felt it should have
been held for a longer duration.
extended after huge turnout
Mid-day : 16/9/2004
Indian Squash Professional’s ten-day free coaching camp at Chaitanya
Tower, Prabhadevi concluded on September 12. But with close to 50
participants enrolling for the camp, IDP has decided to extend the camp.
According to Hitesh Gutka, coordination committee member of Chaitanya
Towers, close to 50 names were registered on the first day of the camp.
The camp will be divided into various age categories so that the Indian
Squash Professional’s coaches can focus on each category Under-15 age
group participants Takshay Tarneja, Shikar Soni, Amal Hosangady, Pritvi
Sinha, Nivedita Chopra among others were so excited by the camp that they
are looking to take up squash on a regular basis.
ISP would also be organising a friendly tournament on the last day of the
camp so that the participants could get a feel of playing in tournaments.
further boost in the city when a free coaching camp organised by the
Indian Squash Professionals saw 60 participants taking to the game.
ISP professionals Joginder Singh and Pratesh Yelve were the coaches at the
camp held for the first time at the Springs club in Kandivali.
The ten-day camp that began from November 1 had more than its share of
beginners queuing up for lessons.
But the number had to be restricted to 60 to allow everyone to get proper
“We have two courts and two coaches and practice everyday for three
hours. If we had more than 60 entries, it would have been difficult for
the coaches to concentrate on everyone equally,” said Ronnie Pinto,
General Manager of the club.
Pinto also said that the involvement of the partici-pants was
“They all took a very keen interest in the game. THey were intent on
learning and many are also looking at taking up the game on a reguar
basis,” he said.
Actor Arbaaz Khan also paid a visit to the club. The actor, himself a
squash player, spent time with the children and encouraged them to play
the game regularly.
bug bites IITians Mid Day : December 29, 2004
Indian squash Professionals work of promoting the sport to all parts of
the state continued as a free camp was organised in the Indian Institute
of Technology campus in Powai from December 1 to 10.
Almost 25 beginners attended the camp which had coached from the ISP.
17-year-old Ankit Gupta was the youngest participant at the camp. Many had
played the game earlier but did not have a coach to learn under.
Ruchika Agarwal and Madhura Koglekar were the only girls to attend the
“After the camp, I realised that my stamina and endurance level had
increased. This game is very good for fitness as well,” another
participant Palash Tayal.
Dr BB Appaji, In-charge of Students Sports Academy till last year took the
responsibility of promoting the game among his students.
All of us here greatly appreciate the efforts put in by the ISP. Also, I
think squash should get just as mush attention as cricket,” he said
The free squash coaching camp at
Hiranandani Estate Club, Thane, organised jointly by Indian Squash
Professionals (ISP) and Squash Racquets Association of Thane (SRAT) from
December 24 to January 2 proved to be a big success.
Above 50 trainees attended the 10-day
clinic. Existing national seeded players from the area also attended the
The ISP coaches Joginder Singh and Sunil
Verma focused their training on fitness and skills required for squash.
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