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Clyne eyeing up coaching role after squash retirement having had taster during lockdown

By Andrew Henderson

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Alan Clyne would like to remain in squash after he retires from playing.

The Munlochy native fractured ribs earlier this year, playing through the injury to claim a seventh consecutive and 10th overall Scottish Open triumph in February.

When the issue was discovered though, a period of rest was required to heal it properly, so although it came in unfortunate circumstances lockdown has been something of a blessing in disguise for Clyne.

Alan Clyne is considering staying in squash as a coach after he stops playing. Picture: Steve Cubbins
Alan Clyne is considering staying in squash as a coach after he stops playing. Picture: Steve Cubbins

He has been afforded a period of reflection over the past few months like many people, and it has reinforced plans that the 33-year-old has always had at the back of his mind to remain heavily involved in the sport once he eventually retires from playing.

He has led a number of virtual training sessions during lockdown and most recently ran a session with his wife, fellow squash player Olivia Batchford-Clyne, for some Illinois-based players over in America.

So it would appear a career in coaching beckons for Clyne.

He added: “I have a degree in Physical Education and was involved in a junior squash programme in Glasgow whilst at university and ran a number of squash camps.

“I would absolutely love to stay involved in the sport and do some coaching.

“I’ve used the time away positively, building my physical fitness back up, watching a lot of squash as well as doing technical analysis and looking at key areas where I can improve – all of those online sessions I’ve done recently will help with coaching.”

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