Meet The Team - Alison Thomson

At just 21 years old, Alison Thomson has already been a professional squash player for two and a half years. Currently ranked number 67 in the world (with hope to reach the top 50 next year), we caught up with Alison to speak about squash and her life at Colets.

Alison has been a member of Colets since she was born and from using the nursery to becoming an employee at the age of 16, Alison has grown up with the club.

When not working at the club, Alison devotes her life to squash, a sport she developed a passion for at Colets. At the age of four, Alison watched dad, Alan Thomson, play in a team match whilst she sat eagerly in front of the court. Thereafter, Alison would play Junior Squash every Saturday at Colets for the next 10 years. Alison played her first team match at the age of eight – the Surrey Squash Under 11’s mixed team. Five years of private lessons from aged twelve with Colets’ Squash Coach David Peck saw Alison progress to represent England at Under 19 level, competing in both the European and World Championships. It was at the World Championships held in Namibia that Alison got her ranking down to number 2 for England’s Under 19s.

Being a professional squash player inevitably involves plenty of travel and Alison has quite literally played squash all over the world. Her first tournament abroad was the Junior French Open in 2012 and more recently Alison has travelled to Malaysia to compete in the Ohana Malaysian open. Alison impressively made it to the quarter finals, where she lost to the number 1 seed.  Next up, Alison heads off to the Hong Kong Open on the 8th November after which she will play the London Open, Monte Carlo Squash Classic and the World Championships (held this year in Manchester) all before Christmas!

Managing her time between squash and working at Colets takes commitment and organisation. Alison always ensures she fits in training sessions around work and is often at the club until late at night! However, keeping busy and training hard is the way Alison likes to be. Much of Alison’s training takes place at Colets and once a week she meets up with her Personal Trainer Caroline Taylor who puts her through her paces and even sets her homework!

As a club, Colets has always supported and encouraged Alison in her squash career.

When we asked Alison’s advice for our junior squash players she recommended playing as many different players as you can, to not put too much pressure on yourself and never give up – but most importantly enjoy the sport!

If you are interested in learning to play squash with Colets Health Club or have any questions about our Junior Squash Courses, please contact Dave Peck/Paul Carnero via email: davidp@coletshealthclub.co.uk , p.carnero@talktalk.net . Otherwise, contact the club reception on 0208 398 7108.