Scottish Squash and Racketball are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Bell to the position of National Coach. Paul has been working in an interim position since February and following a recruitment campaign and recent interviews he was unanimously selected as the coach to implement the performance strategy at Heriot Watt University and across Scotland in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Paul Bell has proven himself to be one of the best young coaching prospects around. Still only 29 he has 8 years experience of international coaching with Irish Squash and more recently with England Squash. He has proven ability of developing players and a national coaching system with great success, demonstrated by the improvement of Ireland under his leadership. Ireland juniors went from regularly finishing outside the top 10 in Europe to a seventh place finish at the last junior world team championships. Paul has also spent the last 3 seasons as the Irish ladies coach during which they have finished 2nd, 4th and 3rd in Europe and 8th in the world teams. During this time Paul also worked individually with former world number 2 Madeline Perry while she was consistently in the world top 10.
In the last 12 months Paul completed his high performance coaching award one of only 10 coaches to hold the qualification. During this time he was appointed high performance coach for England Squash. He was shortlisted for England Squash’s top coaching award as Elite coach of the year.
Maggie Still CEO said:
“Paul is a great addition to the team here at Scottish Squash. He has vision and is a strong team player. He uses his experience and coaching skills to bring out the best in players and the performance team around them. Paul is working closely with Martin Heath, the Elite Performance Coach and the goal is to provide the performance environment and culture that will deliver medals now and place us in the best position to achieve medal winning performances for year to come.”
SSRL are grateful to Sport Scotland for the support they have provided during this recruitment process and for the investment that underpins the Squash performance programmes.