Squash Programming Ethos

The Manifestation of Our Ethos

Our focus is on playing and on group lessons over (but not to the exclusion of) individual lessons.  Juniors will be given priority after school (3-6pm) and adult programming, open court bookings and leagues will be given priority after 6pm.  Weekends will be split.  We will limit the number of people who can become members so that the average person can book a court twice during the week and once or twice on the weekend.
Whether you are new to the game or dream of one day becoming a pro, there will be courts, programming and peers for you to play with.
The squash staff and all of the programming will be overseen by Peter Nicol personally and his staff at the Nicol Squash Academy.  There will be group training, group physical training, club tournament play, local tournament play, leagues, junior programs from beginner to elite, individual instruction, international matchups, leagues, round robins and lots of interesting high-tech gadgets to fascinate the young and cause muttering among the veterans.

Nicol Squash Academy is led by former 5-year PSA world #1 Peter Nicol. His amazing team is made up of the top coaches, pros, and fitness professionals in squash.  Nicol Squash Academy works with kids and adults who love squash, whether they want to simply improve their game, play on top college teams, win local and national tournaments at all skill levels, or are aspiring professionals.

Peter Nicol

Director of Squash

Former World No.1 for 5 years, Peter has turned his passion from playing squash to coaching players through NSA and SquashSkills.com. Peter is the head coach of every NSA program and lives in NYC.


Jamal Callender

Head Coach

Former Poly Prep alum and current coach at Poly Prep, Jamal has been instrumental in developing the boys and girls teams at the school. We’ve been lucky to have Jamal with us from the beginning at Poly Prep – he’s an integral part of the team.


Chris Sachvie

Assistant Coach

Chris Sachive is an assistant coach at Columbia. Chris served as the first-ever head coach at Dickinson College after the squash program was added in 2014.  Prior to coaching, he was a member of the varsity squash team at Cornell University.

Jess Winstanley

Head of Conditioning

Jess runs the fitness element of every NSA program. Jess launched SquashSkills.com’s fitness and now works on business development. She’s Melissa’s daughter, Peter’s wife, and Bode’s mom!

Help Support Manhattan
Community Squash Center

We are not yet fully funded.  You can help us in several ways:

  1.   Become a member
  2.  Tell your friends you joined (or at least tell them about us if you are still on the fence).
  3.  We will be selling overpriced SWAG on the site which will get you goodies, a tax deduction and a general feeling of well-being.
  4.  Donate something that we can sell on our site.
  5.  Become a Founding Member – for more details, click the link below.
  6.  For those of you who are really excited, spend some of that hard-earned wealth on naming a court after your hero, a loved one, or yourself.  There are other naming opportunities as well.  My favorite? The Bar (code-named Court 6).

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