Founded in 1970, West Warwicks Squash is a thriving hub of activity for all ages and abilities. We run monthly box leagues for all players, several weekly club social sessions and quarterly tournaments. One of only 5 England Squash Performance Hubs in the UK we host the world renowned Rob Owen Academy (ROA). The alumni of the club and ROA include legend of Squash, Jonah Barrington, 6 times British Open Champion, Paul Coll ex World #1 (currently World #5), Sarah-Jane Perry ex England Number #1 / World #5 and many junior & senior world top 50 players.
Squash is a fast-paced racquet sport that requires agility, strategy, and precision. Played in an enclosed court, the objective is to outmanoeuvre your opponent by hitting a small rubber ball against the front wall using a racquet. Squash provides a great cardiovascular workout while simultaneously enhancing hand-eye coordination, footwork, and mental sharpness. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, squash offers a thrilling and challenging experience that can be enjoyed at any age or skill level.
Professionals & Alumni
Rob Owen is often on court together with his current crop of professionals down at West Warwicks where members walking by are treated to glimpses of what it takes to be one of the best players (and coaches) in the world.
Where it all started for West Warwicks...
Renowned as the epitome of squash excellence, Jonah Barrington stands unrivalled in his impact on the sport. From his dominant reign during the 1960s to 1970s, securing six British Open titles and establishing himself as the preeminent British squash player of all time. Barrington's journey is nothing short of extraordinary. Born in Cornwall in 1941 to a working-class family, Barrington's ascent in squash sprouted from modest beginnings. His path to sporting greatness was far from predetermined, as he initially deviated from societal expectations, dropping out of university, and indulging in a fondness for Guinness. However, a fortuitous encounter with Nasrullah Khan, the uncle of the legendary Jahangir Khan, proved transformative for Barrington's trajectory.
Khan imparted invaluable lessons, emphasizing the significance of solo practice, Barrington diligently executed 100 straight drives down the forehand wall and another 100 down the backhand every day. The dedication and commitment to being physically fitter, mentally tougher, and relentlessly wearing down his opponents on court resulted in the rest being history. His legendary climb to dominating world squash, fundamentally altered the landscape of professional squash, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.
It was at West Warwicks where Barrington established his training base later in his career, honing his skills on his beloved court 1. Witnessing Barrington's training sessions at West Warwicks was a young, gifted left-hander named Rob Owen, who would often skip college to glimpse the mesmerizing skill, unwavering passion, and unyielding determination on display. Recognizing potential with the emerging talent, Barrington took Owen under his wing, forming a life long friendship between the two.
This relationship forever changed the history and future of West Warwicks. This thriving squash club became a vibrant hub where court bookings were treasured. Members were privileged to witness one of the sport's greatest luminaries nurturing the talents of one of the most promising young players in the world. For Owen, however, success was measured by more than his own achievements, despite attaining a top-20 world ranking and undeniable lasting presence around squash in England. Driven by a desire to contribute to the game and give back to local players, Owen felt compelled to extend his impact beyond personal accolades. In the face of squash's dwindling popularity and waning fortunes in England over the years, Owen emerged as a vital figure, propelling English, and now international players to surpass their potential.
His transformative work commenced with Chris Ryder, who, under Owen's guidance, developed refined skills and techniques, ultimately reaching a world ranking of 33. Word of Owen's exceptional coaching spread, culminating in the establishment of the Rob Owen academy. In the last decade, Owen has coached some of the most improved players in the world, and plenty more. Nowadays, Rob coaches 3 of the world's top 10 players in Paul Coll, Sarah Jane Perry and Nele Gilis. Also working under robs coaching is rising stars Katie Maliff and Jonah Bryant who both won the u19 European individual championships, as well as English junior champions u13’s and u15’s Smiley and Ali Khalil.
It was impossible for Owen's success to go unnoticed, as squash enthusiast were fascinated behind the secrets of the rapid improvement of players under his tutorage. His unmatched commitment and dedication to his players coupled with his skill and in-depth knowledge of the game resulted in his players benefiting substantially under his tutorage.
A few worthy mentions consist of Joel Makin, who went from outside the world top 100 to top 10 in the world . Jamie Haycocks who reached top 50 in the world, Nathan Lake, Dimitri Steinman, George Parker, Jasmine Hutton, Charlie Lee.
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