Posted: Thursday, 31 January 2013
The University of Roehampton is pleased to announce that Ian Robinson has joined Sport Roehampton – the university’s Sport Department - as a Consultant for Racket Sports. Ian is a well-known figure in the world of squash, having had considerable success as a player, coach and business figure. He will be leading the development of the University’s programme for aspiring and elite squash players.
As a player, Ian attained a career high ranking of British number 2 and world number 16 and continues to play on the Masters circuit. He has more than 30-years’ experience as a coach. During this time he has mentored numerous British and International elite players; worked as an assistant coach to the National team; and managed the British Universities Squash team, leading them in 2006 to a unprecedented success in the World Universities Squash championships winning a gold and two bronze individual medals, and team gold.
Ian was Squash Performance Director at the University of Surrey for twelve years where he was responsible for designing, building and managing a comprehensive squash training and development programme. He also managed the university’s Squash team.
Ian has also carved out a successful business career, advising notable companies such as adidas, Champneys, Cannons, David Lloyd, Dunlop, Head and the World Squash Federation. He has successfully managed major events on the squash calendar such as the World and British Opens and served on the Board of Directors of England Squash and Racketball. Ian provides television commentary on squash – he has appeared on the BBC, Sky Sports and Eurosport - and has authored three authoritative books on squash coaching.
Dr Ian Pickup, Director of Student Affairs at the University of Roehampton said “We’re delighted to have someone of Ian’s calibre join us. Sport Roehampton has a track record of supporting elite sport and has a number of elite and international standard student athletes.The University is committed to developing a squash programme that will produce world-class student Squash players and we are sure that having Ian on-board will help us achieve this goal in a timely and lasting manner.”