Ed Hopkins

Ed Hopkins

Head of Communications

Why did you join the RBSRA Committee?

I love squash and want to give back to the game and help it grow in my local area. It’s a wonderful sport that deserves more publicity and credit for what it delivers to players and fans. My skillset is in public relations and media; using those skills to help the game I love is an honour.

 

Where and when did you start playing squash?

I started playing when I was 12, after my dad took me along to Henley Leisure centre to give it a go. From about 13 onwards, I started playing in tournaments and then broke into the county team, and then soon after into the regional team for the U17s.

 

Who was your biggest influencer in the game?

Mo Khalifa was an inspiration and regular coach at Henley Squash Club when I was a junior. I was also influenced by watching the top pros when I was a teenager – I always loved watching how Lee Beachill would hit the ball; his swing was magical to watch. James Willstrop and Nick Matthew also influenced me a lot as I was learning the game - I loved watching their matches as they were so attritional and gritty.

 

What was your most important squash development?

Playing a few seasons for Roehampton’s Bath Cup team in London was a big step forward for me. It helped bring my game to a new level and the quality of opposition was consistently high every single week; it definitely brought the best out of me and pushed my game to new places.

 

What was your most significant squash event?

Meeting Peter Nicol for the first time; learning about his journey and commitment to training was incredible. His work ethic will always be an inspiration to me.  

 

What is your proudest squash moment?

Breaking into the regional squad in the juniors was a big moment for me; it was a reward for all the hard work and training I had put in with my coaches. Apart from that, it would probably be winning the Berkshire Junior Open in 2006 when I was 14 (in the under 15s) and receiving the trophy from Ross Norman afterwards. That was fun!

 

What other squash successes have you had?

  • Being part of the Roehampton team that won the Bath Cup.
  • Setting up an advisory panel for the APPG for Squash in Westminster to help the growth of the game.
  • Going undefeated for a season while playing at number 1 for Epping in the Essex Premier League.

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