Anna mentors England Squash coaching initiative

Northern Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins has been appointed as a mentor for a new England Squash campaign to encourage more women into coaching

Squash Girls Can Coach is a 12-month, funded, structured programme of training, workshops and mentoring, designed to take candidates through their Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications.

Anna herself was appointed to the Northern’s coaching team as Development Coach in 2016, together with Head Professional Julianne Courtice and Performance Coach Annette Pilling. At the time there was minimal junior coaching, no adult coaching and no schools programme.

Today, the Northern boasts a benchmark Junior Programme, Adult Beginners, Intermediate and Women’s/ Family sessions, and works actively with 13 local schools.

Anna, who plays for the Ladies’ 1st team, Men’s 5th team and the Welsh Masters Team, said: “I love it. Deciding to become a professional coach was the best decision I ever made.

“For the Club to appoint an all-woman coaching team raised questions at the time but I believe it has worked – for the guys as well! We have seen more men joining the club as well as women and juniors.”

Watch Anna being interviewed by copy and pasting the link below

* Applications for Squash Girls Can Coach close on 22 November 2019. For more information go to

The Manchester Trophy 10th – 16th June

The Manchester Trophy returns to The Northern 10th -16th June and is one of the biggest pre-Wimbledon ladies’ tennis tournaments.

As well as some amazing ladies’ tennis to watch, the event will feature Clarins on site, food by Thyme Out, Pimms stations around the courts and flower arrangements by Didsbury in Bloom.

Former British number 1 & Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, Heather Watson heads up the list of British players, whilst The Northern’s own Naomi Broady and Fed Cup player Katy Dunne have been confirmed as two of the main draw wild cards.

Wimbledon singles finalist in 2013 and former world number 12, Sabine Lisicki will be coming to compete in qualifying, with Zarina Diyas, the 2017 Manchester Trophy champion and Kazakhstan Fed Cup player being one of three players ranked inside the world top 100.

This event is a must for all tennis fans. We hope to see you there.

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The Courtcare Northern Open 2019: A Review Of The Action

In a repeat of last year’s final, top seed Julianne Courtice successfully defended her Northern Open title against 5th seed Rachael Chadwick in front of a packed crowd of supporters.
Julianne, The Northern’s Head Professional, took the match 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 but the 3-0 scoreline belied a hard-fought match. Rachael had enjoyed a successful tournament, beating 4th seed Melissa Alves on her way to the final, and put Julianne under pressure from the start. But Jules played a solid and constructive game to win through and take her third PSA title.

The Ian Stewart Cup 2019 produced a major rankings upset with Mike Harris (PSA ranking 240) taking the trophy with a 3-1 win over Miles Jenkins (179)

Running alongside the Courtcare Northern Open women’s tournament, the men’s PSA Satellite event was launched this year in honour of former Club President Ian Stewart, who sadly died last November.
The trophy itself was donated by the family and presented by Ian’s wife Norma – who had accurately predicted Mike’s eventual success after watching his semi-final victory over Harry Falconer!

World no 7 Laura Massaro held a clinic on motivation in sport at the Northern, ahead of the finals of the Courtcare Northern Open and Ian Stewart Cup on 31st March.

She described her own route to success, and discussed the psychology of sport and the concepts of ‘coachability’ and personal branding with an audience of around 30 women and girls from the Northern and surrounding clubs.
After the presentation, Laura signed autographs before helping Head Coach Anna Vaughan with an hour-long coaching session, sharing her warm-up routine and having a hit with the players.
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