Coach Education is a key component of Squash Australia’s Development Plan. Coaches at all levels play a crucial role in ensuring that squash is an enjoyable experience for everyone, as well as laying the foundation for the development of better players.

Squash players can be divided into two streams: those that are playing for fun, and those that are playing to reach the highest level possible. These are often referred to as ‘participation’ and ‘performance’.

In Australia, we have labelled these two streams as High Performance and Foundation.  To reflect the two streams and better meet their differing needs, our Education Programs have also been divided into these pathways.

Squash Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), has developed a new framework to capture these different pathways and address the current shortfalls in applied research and practice specific to athlete development. It is called FTEM.  

FTEM (representing Foundations, Talent, Elite and Mastery) is a user-friendly framework of sporting development that is representative of the ‘whole of sport’ pathway continuum. 

It integrates three key outcomes of sport participation: active lifestyle, sport participation and sport excellence. It provides a practical method to assist all squash stakeholders to construct a more functional athlete and sport development system.

The FTEM framework can be used as a practical planning and review tool for a
 broad range of sporting stakeholders including parents, teachers, clubs, coaches, sports science and sports medicine personnel and the elite level squash programs. This enhanced understanding of the squash pathway will help us to improve the experiences of more people, at more levels of the pathway, more often.

To view our Squash Australia Coach Education Framework click here

The coaching framework is a five-tier progression with each stage being accredited.  Below is each step
of the coaching pathway process.  The Coaching Framework has been aligned to the player’s pathway by using the ASC’s FTEM model.

Program structure and content has varied to reflect our changing community.  Some of the changes were required due to the need for coaches to be more mindful of inclusive coaching practices, risk management, child protection, member protection and immediate first aid.  Other changes were made to bridge the gap between programs.






Foundation $99 4 Years Foundation, Tutor & High Performance $39
Club Development $299 4 Years Foundation, Tutor & High Performance $49
Talent Development $699 4 Years Foundation, Tutor & High Performance $59
Performance Development $1999 4 Years Tutor & High Performance $69
High Performamce $2499 4 Years High Performance $79

 Note: All accreditation fees include cost of insurance, but this is only valid when the coach is also affiliated with their State Squash Association.

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View our Coaching Pathway Become an Accredited Coach Become a Coach Tutor Coach Insurance Flow Chart