Adam Turner: Head Squash Coach & Founder:
Adam is a semi-professional squash player and coach, who was inspired to start Steel City Squash to support the educational and physical development of children in Sheffield in August 2020 after learning of the impact the Covid-19 closure of schools was having on children in the city.
Adam is currently amongst the top 350 squash players in the world, was ranked no.1 in England as a junior in both the under 13 & under 15 age categories and captained Abbeydale Squash and Fitness Club to the Yorkshire Premier League title in 2019/20.
After completing a BA (Hons) in Marketing (2:1) at Nottingham Trent University in 2018 Adam focused on squash coaching, becoming Head Coach of Nottingham Trent University in January 2020 as well as an Assistant Coach at MT Academy in Sheffield.
It is a belief in the power that sport can have on developing an individual's self-confidence, mental and physical health as well as an understanding of the benefits of engaging with education that motivated Adam to develop the collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University to establish Steel City Squash.
The core values of squash in terms of respect for an opponent and fair play as well as the demanding physical nature of the sport are what fuels Adam’s belief that participating in squash can benefit children from an early age. His own experience of only embracing education later in his school life and a regret that he did not do this sooner mean he is driven to afford others the opportunity to see the life changing benefits of education at an earlier stage.
Nick Matthew OBE
3 times World Squash Champion
3 times Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
127 caps for England
Squash has been my passion from a very young age and continues to be the case today. Throughout a 20 year professional career I was lucky to travel the world meeting people from all walks of life and making a living from the sport I love. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have done so. Outside of the court, career highlights include carrying the flag for Team England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, being awarded an OBE for Services to Squash in 2015, and receiving Honorary Doctorates from both Sheffield Universities.
I retired from the professional tour in 2018 after a 20 year career, reaching number 1 in the World for a total of 19 months and winning 3 World Championship titles. In 2015 I set up the Nick Matthew Squash Academy, based out of Hallamshire in Sheffield but with links all over the world and this is my biggest day to day focus upon retirement. I am also a consultant coach for England Squash and Global Ambassador for Dunlop Sport, Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club and Berkshire School in Massachusetts where I run my Summer Squash camps. I have recently joined the Board of the PSA Foundation which is the charitable arm of the Professional Squash Association.
I’m born & bred in Sheffield and a proud Sheffielder. The city has always been very proud and supportive of it’s athletes and played a big part in my career. This is where Steel City Squash comes in. I’ve witnessed first hand the success of similar programmes in the US and around the world and this is our chance to do something special here in Sheffield. It is a unique opportunity to give back to both the city and the sport that I love.
Sara Main: Treasurer of Steel City Squash
Sara has 30 years’ experience of working in the charitable sector. Her early roles were in youth organisations and education, before moving to being a fundraiser for ChildLine. More recently Sara has worked as a grant assessor and a freelance consultant supporting organisations with their financial planning and governance.
Having played squash since being at University, Sara knows the benefits to physical health, mental wellbeing and interpersonal skills that participation in the sport can bring. Sara is keen to support the establishment of Steel City Squash and hopes that her knowledge of financial management and effective governance will help support the good foundations of this new venture.
Melissa Jacobi: Secretary of Steel City Squash
Melissa is the Head of Academic Advising at Sheffield Hallam University. The institution that Steel City Squash collaborates with to support the Educational Support pillar of the programme.
Prior to leading Academic Advising at Hallam Melissa was a Senior Lecturer in Sport Business Management in the Academy of Sport at Hallam. She is on the Board of Directors at King Edwards Swimming Pool in Sheffield as well as being on the committee at Abbeydale Squash and Fitness club.
Julia Myers: Education Advisor for Steel City Squash
Until recently, Julia Myers was a Principal Lecturer in the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. She became involved in Primary Teacher Education after teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools in Sheffield and abroad. During her twenty years in Teacher Education, she aimed to encourage the development of critically reflective teachers who would promote creativity, enthusiasm for learning and interactive, inclusive practice in the classroom. Julia’s specialist subject is Primary Literacy and she continues to be involved in research and writing on this subject.
Julia is keen to support the Steel City Squash Project, impressed by its exciting vision for promoting the well-being and confidence of disadvantaged children and the commitment to drawing on the enthusiasm, skills and expertise of trainee teachers to deliver a programme of creative and collaborative activities. Her role in the Project is to provide support and guidance to the volunteers in their planning and delivery of this programme.