St Paul’s Collegiate School’s squash programme has more than 60 students participating each term.
The programme started in 2011 and is now the biggest school squash programme in New Zealand. The focus of the programme is for the students to learn to be an all-around squash player in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
Technical skills and fitness work are a big part of the programme. Students are also taught marking, referring and the skills to assist in the administration of a Squash Club.
Students train twice per week on St Paul’s two glass-back courts. There are many opportunities throughout the year for students to compete in local club events, as well as some inter school competitions.
The cost is $100 per term.
St Paul’s Squash Programme
When the squash programme began in 2011, St Paul’s had one graded player and seven other students who wished to try squash. In 2013, St Paul’s sent two boys teams and a girls team to the NZSSS Nationals and in 2014, caused the biggest upset in NZSSS Nationals' history by beating the 12th and 15th seeds to finish 14th (they were seeded 21st). In 2015, St Paul’s boys A team finished 5th and combined with the girls team to win the co-ed cup, which they retained in 2016. In 2017, St Paul’s had 25 graded students with more than 60 students participating in the programme each term.
- In 2017 the Boys' A team came first in the Waikato Secondary School Squash Championships for the third year in a row
- Lwamba Chileshe (2017 school leaver) was the winner of the Waikato Secondary School Squash Individual Championships
- The A team came runner-up in the New Zealand Secondary School Squash Championship for the second year in a row.
- Runner-up in the New Zealand Secondary School Squash Championships Co-Ed Cup (winners in 2015 and 2016)
- Lwamba Chileshe, Temwa Chileshe and Sean Dykes were selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Squash senior team for the trans-Tasman Secondary Schools Competition.
- Coach – Brendon Woodhead
- Teacher in Charge – Garth Littlejohn
- Student Head of Squash – Jessica Tod
Coach – Brendon (Wabbit) Woodhead
Head coach Brendon started the squash programme in 2011. He developed an after school programme and grew St Paul’s squash from one graded player and seven new players to the current level of more than 60 players per term with 27 graded players. Brendon holds a Certificate Level 4: Sport Coach and a Certificate Level 5: High Performance Coaching from the Waikato Institute for Sport and Leisure Studies and is a qualified Squash New Zealand – Level 1 Squash Coach. Brendon’s coaching philosophy is 'fun and balance'. "Squash is a sport and participating in sport should be fun. Everything is better with balance. I know that every athlete has different wants and needs, so I tailor my coaching to ensure my students' specific needs are met."