By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)
Liz Irving has poured a lifetime of power into squash. Whereas reaching a highest rating of two on the earth, she was a part of the strongest Australian ladies’s squad in historical past, with team-mates together with Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Michelle Martin and Carol Owens earlier than she switched allegiance to New Zealand.
She then grew to become a massively profitable coach, guiding Nicol David to eight World Championship titles.
When that chapter of her life closed, she then set about exploring new territories to overcome and got here up with the concept of the SquashLab App.
After launching, she and her workforce have spent greater than two years in growth and have simply upgraded their complete platform to supply a formidable set of sources.
These are designed to assist gamers, coaches, golf equipment and federations. The half I like essentially the most about SquashLab is that Liz realises that too many sources are aimed on the 0.5 per cent of people that consider themselves as elite gamers, to the exclusion of the remainder of the taking part in viewers.
“Sure, that’s proper,” mentioned Liz. “I’m all the time amazed at how so many individuals in squash merely ignore the overwhelming majority of our gamers. They might not be world beaters or workforce gamers, however they’re those maintaining the sport alive.
“Too many federations are centered on elite gamers and expertise pathways and easily ignore the grassroots, which is the all-important base of the squash pyramid.”
As for the SquashLab reboot, Liz added: “We’ve made a significant pivot from the unique SquashLab Coaching App. We’ve labored during the last two years to improve, add extra content material, have extra options and hopefully be one of many important apps that squash gamers would need to take pleasure in within the squash group.
“Squash has restricted related sources for the typical participant and we positively tick these bins. All of our teaching content material is filmed particularly to permit the person to know and comply with instruction clearly, with easy language that anybody can perceive, whether or not a complete beginner to the game or a seasoned participant.
“We’ve designed this for the 99% of worldwide squash gamers at grass roots degree to prime grade gamers.
“Particularly, the teachings and movies I’ve developed are additionally extremely useful for early studying coaches, with sound methods and lesson codecs they will utilise for his or her gamers whereas additionally serving to them to Be taught, Join and Play.
“That’s the SquashLab mantra.
“As well as, we’re working with Squash Australia, a number of states and quite a few golf equipment providing membership administration software program that can assist them in so many areas of their operations.
“All of this has been totally examined and we’re wanting ahead to creating this a world platform, not only one for the southern hemisphere.”
Irving presently splits her time between Brisbane and Amsterdam, and has simply arrived again in Australia in time for SquashLab to assist golf equipment put together for World Squash Day.
Irving added: “We’re actually proud to be partnering with World Squash Day. Each platforms are geared toward revitalising the grass roots of our sport and I hope we are able to encourage as many golf equipment as potential to be artistic in how they got down to appeal to a brand new era of gamers.
“Right here in Brisbane, I’m delighted to be working with some very spectacular innovation teams who like the concept of reimagining conventional sports activities and siting them in prime city areas.
“With all of the discussions about out of doors squash, that grew louder throughout lockdown, that is an absolute should for the way forward for our sport, and particularly in hotter climates like Brisbane.
“With the Olympics being held in Brisbane in ten years’ time, this may very well be a pivotal second for squash if we are able to create an thrilling out of doors venue to draw the eye of passers by.
“Everyone knows the IOC is wanting increasingly at city sports activities and actions, so this may very well be a transformative alternative.”
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