Walters will be working with the Academy for a 6-week period during his summer break following tournaments in Western Australia, making it to the finals against Australian native, Zac Alexander, in one of them.
His knowledge of the game and of coaching high-level players will be helpful for every type of player at the Academy.
The Academy’s founder and director, Aaron Frankcomb, was excited to see Lewis in Australia since he has known him for many of years, and met while they were based in England.” Frankcomb notes, “It’s great to have one of my old training partners, old competitors here in Sydney to work together to build up the game of squash! Also, it’s great to have another top 100 squash player working with our members.”
Lewis also adds, "I'm really looking forward to working at the Academy over the next 6 weeks. It has a great set up with lots of enthusiastic junior and senior players making it a great place to coach and train. Sydney's squash clubs have a real buzz about them at the moment."
The East Coast Squash Academy:
Founded in 2011 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy sets out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within local communities surrounding squash centres. The first installation was at Willoughby Squash Club, where Frankcomb was hired as the club’s resident squash professional.
Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour. Its junior program has the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, and Australian junior teams. The Academy has developed NSW and Australian Junior Champions. There is also massive involvement by Australian senior players who compete on pennant teams and in competitions.
The Academy is home base to two full time senior players that have reached careers highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour. Its best female professional reached a top world ranking of 130.
The junior program now boasts over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads have increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations are at an all-time high.
The Bondi Waverley Squash Club was the second squash club to join the Academy in 2014.
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Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, 4 years in the top 50, winning 3 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and Australian Institutes Of Sport. He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered within the top 5 players in Australia.
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Willoughby Squash Club
Willoughby Squash Club has been Sydney’s premier squash club for over 30 years. Boasting 10 singles courts and Sydney’s only regulation championship sized doubles courts. Willoughby is also a site for Australia’s #1 squash store, with the largest selection of squash racquets, shoes, and accessories; the club also has an onsite restringing service.
(a) 443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068
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Bondi Waverley Squash Club
Bondi Waverley is a member-run club located in the heart of Bondi Junction. A beautiful four-court centre and bar, Bondi Waverley Squash Club has entered teams in Sydney’s pennant competition for over 40 years. In addition to courts, the club is also available for functions in the spacious bar and lounge, with pool tables and poker machines. The club is now the second location for East Coast Squash Academy and hosts annual tournaments as well as regular programs for all skill levels and age groups.
(a) 8 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
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