Sixteen-year-old Finn Holliday from Uckfield has made the shortlist for the England Squash Young Coach of the Year award.
He is down to the last three in these prestigious national awards having qualified as a level one coach last summer just after his 16th birthday.
Finn, who is studying for his A-levels at Uckfield Community Technology College, has been helping his father Stephen with squash coaching at Uckfield and Nutley for the past two-and-a-half-years where they have seen a huge increase in squash participation.
Finn helped set up coaching programmes at both venues with both junior and ladies’ teams competing in Sussex leagues. There are plans for a men’s team to follow. Several young players have represented Sussex in various events.
As well as coaching Finn helps in his father’s sports shop Final Score in Uckfield High Street and is considering a career in sport retail and/or coaching but has no definite plans at this stage.
Stephen was nominated in the Coach of the Year category in the awards but unlike his son he didn’t make the shortlist.
• In the picture at the top of this page Finn and Stephen are photographed at the 2015 Uckfield Squash Championships Finals Day at Freedom Leisure. The Men’s Level was a father versus son affair with age/experience holding off youth. Stephen says he doesn’t know for how much longer that would last.
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