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Thirteen Oban Ravens squash team members and their coach Colin MacNiven travelled to Bridge of Allan earlier this month for a pro coaching day with former England international player Jane Martin.
As a player, Jane reached a career-high world ranking of eight in the 1990s.
A born and bred Geordie, Jane represented England at numerous levels competing at Commonwealth Games, World Cups and World Team Championships and reached the latter stages of the most high profile individual events on tour.
Her first professional playing contract was signed when she was just 16-years-old when she caught the eye of a club in Gütersloh, Germany. She played league matches for the club until her career was cut short by injury as she was turning 30.
By then, Jane had an eye on a coaching career which now spans 18 years, the majority of which has been spent at Bridge of Allan Sports Club where she is head coach. Naturally she is able to call upon her extensive experiences as a world class player.
Testimonials from the Oban players included: ‘The training day attended at Bridge of Allan was very enjoyable. I learnt a lot and particularly liked the drills and attention to technique that Jane gave/taught.’
And: ‘Extremely well organised. Jane got us to work straight away and had plenty of routines for us to try. Exhausting but very enjoyable.’
Oban Ravens spokesperson Nicola Morgan said: ‘We really enjoyed the opportunity to spend the time on court, practicing techniques, learning new training drills and absorbing as much information as we could from a top class coach.’
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Photograph: Oban Ravens Squash Team members attended a pro coaching day with former England international Jane Marting, pictured left of board. NO_T16_Squash_ObanRavens1