The SRAM’s Management Committee (ManCom) normally meets once every two months on the first Saturday of the month. The ManCom’s main role is the Governance of the Association including the setting of its policies.
At each ManCom meeting the progress, activities and updates of each sub-committee is discussed. Issues are usually resolved and plans if required are formulated. Similarly, all financial transactions and payments made by the Finance Operating Sub-Committee are tabled for approval. The Director reports to the ManCom on the administrative and management matters as well as any matters arising including a report on coaching related matters (as DoC).
SRAM VISION & TARGET
- Top 4 In The World At Team Events:
- World Men’s Team Championships
- World Women’s Team Championships
- World Junior Men’s Team Championships
- World Junior Women’s Team Championships
- Win All Three Of Four Categories At The Asian Games
- Win A Medal At The Commonwealth Games (Singles Or Doubles)
- Win Asian Team And Individual Championships
- Win Asian Junior Team Championships
- Win At Any Other Multi-Sport Games Gold Medal
MISSION & OBJECTIVES
Period from 2020 to 2020.
- Sram Professional Squash Coach – To create an environment to sustain and develop competent local squash coaches and to recognise and register SRAM professional coaches.
- Professional Squash Players – To create an environment to sustain and develop professional squash players.
- Regional Centres – To set up SRAM regional centres.
- EPP – To identify and recognise elite performance program centres.
- Competitive Grassroots Program – To implement a structured squash grassroots development at state level.
- One State One Squash Centre – To ensure that each state has a minimum one squash centre of eight to ten courts. For the bigger states like Sarawak and Sabah, to have 3 such centres in each of these two states to be located at Kuching, Sibu and Miri (Sarawak) and Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau (Sabah)
To create an environment to develop and sustain top and innovative local squash coaches
- This is SRAMS most important initiative as Malaysia cannot be a powerhouse without developing high performance LOCAL squash coaches.
- Elite Coaches are dominated by expatriate coaches at SRAM and State level due to a shortage of local coaches as the career path is unattractive and uncertain.
- To start a professional development program to raise the level of local coaches with an attractive incentive salary scheme.
- Major Maniam as DOC has the experience to direct this program with OBH, Aaron Soyza and Khoo Teng Hin to spearhead the first generation of local elite coaches.
- To start a professional development program for local coaches to supplement the Level 1,2,3 coaching certification.
- Incentives to be disbursed based on Coaches Development and Incentive scheme
- Money given to coaches by NSC for various achievement in SEA Games, Asian Games, World Games/Championship and Commonwealth Games, etc, should be given to deserving coaches to supplement their salary.
- Coaches to be sent for various courses and attachments to gain experience. One example is to start an exchange program with countries with better coaching programs than Malaysia
- Existing Program + Coaches Development & Incentive Program = SRAM registered professional coaches.
To create an environment to sustain and develop professional squash players
- The Sirkit Skuasy Jelajah Malaysia(SSJM) is an important initiative by Sportspin and KBS to provide a professional circuit for local players to compete. The circuit should be expanded further to make it financially viable for squash players to consider a career in squash.
- Existing funds & grants for back-up athletes for exposure and competitions such as PSA/WSA events or attachments should be increased to create a greater pool of players in Malaysia. Grants for the Elite program especially at the bottom level of the Elite players needs to be improved.
- To increase funding for Pelapis program to cater for juniors and 19-21 year olds who are full time. Funding for Elite Juniors to go to the Asian Junior Individual Championships, World Juniors and British Junior Open is required.
- Funding for SRAM Project 100 and World Junior Squad programs are essential to ensure the elite junior players get sufficient exposure.
Players typically start by joining their training program in their respective districts. They start out by training 2 to 3 times a week. Once they have learned the basics of squash, they start to take part in district, state or national tournaments in various age groups (from under 9 to under 19)
Once players are upgraded to state players, they are required to do more trainings. Thus, their training frequency is increased to 4 to 6 times a week.
Once players are upgraded to become national junior players, they typically join the Pelapis program as well. They take part in SSJM, ASF and ESF tournaments. They also become members of various years in World Junior Squash and represent the country in World Junior tournaments.
After the age of 19, players can decide whether to turn professional or not. If they choose to, they can either join PSA or WSA. They can also opt for full time training or part time training. Once they turn pro, they can participate in SSJM, and local and overseas PSA/WSA tournaments.
Seniors players come under the Elite program. They have to be in the top 50 Men’s world ranking or top 40 Women’s world ranking.
Elite players represent the country in World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, etc. Once they break into the top 4 in the country, they are entitled to be based overseas if they want to, but their training must be full time.
To set up SRAM regional centres
- One of SRAM’s biggest desires is to set up regional centres with SRAM Professional Coaches with a target of 5 new centres by 2020 ie. North, East Coast, Central/South, Sabah and Sarawak.
- One issue that SRAM is facing is certain players are not able to transfer full time to SRAM and they prefer to stay at their own state academy. This especially so in the junior program. A regional centre will allow SRAM to locate a Professional Coach to deliver the required training and technical assistance to both elite juniors and senior players in that region.
- Regional Centres will typically be located in successful state centres and provided with at least one full-time professional coach handling elite junior and senior players.
- The Regional centres will also act as resource centres for local coaches to tap into and as catalyst for local squash programs.
ONE STATE ONE SQUASH CENTRE
To ensure that each state has a minimum one squash centre of eight to ten courts.
(for the bigger states like Sarawak and Sabah, there should be 3 centres to cover the wide geographical areas)
- To ensure all the State SRA have a state training centre with a minimum of 8 courts.
- To provide funding for states that can establish district centres.
- To ensure that all training centres meet the minimum requirements of size and playability.
- Work with local councils and KBS to upgrade their centres for State, District or EPP programs.
Existing States with at least one training centre:
1. Penang- Nicol David International Squash Centre (12 Singles Court)
2. Pahang- Majlis Sukan Pahang Squash Centre (10 Singles Courts)
3. Selangor- Kompleks Sukan Astaka (8 Singles Courts)
4. Perak- Kompleks Sukan Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (10 Singles Court)
5. Kuala Lumpur- NSC Squash Centre, Jalan Duta (8 Singles Court)
6. Melaka- Gelanggang Squash Hang Jebat (10 Singles Court)
7. Perlis- Sukma Squash Centre (8 Singles changeable to 4 Doubles)
States requiring a squash centre:
1. Kedah- Kompleks Sukan Muadzam Shah (5 Singles Court)
2. Kelantan- Kompleks Sukan MSSK (3 Singles Court)
3. Terengganu- Stadium Zainal Abidin (8 Singles Court) Not useable
4. Johor- Dewan Taman Tun Aminah, Skudai (2 Singles Court)
5. Negeri Sembilan- Kompleks Sukan Seremban 2 (3 Singles Court)
6. Sabah- Stadium Likas (5 Singles Court)
7. Sarawak- Split to Miri, Sibu and Kuching (List Attached)(non of which are public centres)
Elite Performance Programme Centres (EPP)
To identify and recognise elite performance program centres that are independently run and producing players that are representing the National Team.
- These National Players continue to train in these Centres even after being selected as a Pelapis or Elite National Player.
- SRAM to recognize the EPP and can be revoked if the program is no longer meeting the objectives.
- National Players can choose to join the EPP over the National Team with permission from SRAM.
- To encourage and recognise former players and coaches to become registered SRAM Professional Coaches and to start Elite Performance Programs recognised by SRAM.
- To provide these centres with grants and incentives for achieving set KPIs
COMPETITIVE GRASSROOTS PROGRAM
To implement a competitive squash grassroots development program at district, divisional and state level.
- A budget to be provided to states SRA to run a competitive grassroots program.
- A competitive grassroots is where the state (or through their districts or division) runs regular talent identification sessions and invests in committed and performing players.
- As part of the growth in the States, a State Development Officer is suggested. Responsibilities will include contact between SRAM and State affairs including MSN Negeri and USPTN and opening new training centres in the State.
- Each state to be provided with at least one full time SRAM Professional coach.
TEACHER – COACH PROGRAM:
To increase participation in the grassroots, it is suggested that a program to equip future teachers graduating from Institut Pendidikan Guru with a Level 1 Coaching certificate and a Refereeing Certificate.
This will be done as follows:
- Year 1 Trainees- 2 Squash Clinics a year
- Year 2 Trainees- Level 1 Coaching Course
- Year 3 Trainees- Level 1 Coaching Course if they fail in year 2. Those who pass will conduct the Squash Clinic for Year 1 Trainees and also coach them.
- Year 4 and 5- Referee’s Course.
This will ensure that a more structured teacher-coach development program is in place compared to the MSSM system of just a Coaching Course yearly.
MAJLIS SUKAN NEGARA (MSN)
The MSN is SRAM’s main sponsor for our programs. The key programmes funded by the NSC include the Elite Programme (‘Program Elit’) and the Back-up Programme (‘Program Pelapis’). The funding under the Elite Programme covers the remuneration of coaches, allowances for players, overseas attachments, purchase of equipment, sparring players and competition participation for Elite athletes. Under the Pelapis Programme, funding covers the emoluments of coaches and officials, allowances of players, equipment, board and lodging for players and participation in overseas tournaments. For the State SRAs, funding from the Pelapis Programme covers the salary of full-time coaches, the allowances of part-time coaches and subsidies for the participation of state juniors at national level tournaments.
The CIMB Foundation continues to be SRAM’s Junior Development Programme (JDP) partner. The JDP programmes for the year includes the National Junior Circuit, the Rising Stars National Junior Circuit, overseas tournament participation incentives, Project 100 and Project World Juniors.
INSTITUTE SUKAN NEGARA (ISN)
The ISN plays an important role in the systematic and scientific preparation of our players. SRAM is assigned a High Performance Team to work with the national coaches and athletes from the Elite, Pelapis and SRAM programs. The ISN will whenever possible provide support personnel for our major events both locally and overseas. The ISN plays a major role in the PODIUM program.
The SportExcel Foundation is one of SRAM’s earliest sponsors. SportExcel continues to play an important role in SRAM’s Junior Development Programme.
Astro Arena has provided all Astro subscribers with more squash local and international squash coverage. AstronArena has been instrumental in numerous coverage of SRAM tournaments both live and delayed.
Milo (Nestle) is another long time sponsor that has been faithfully supporting both SRAM’s and the states junior development programs. The main events sponsored and supported by Milo are the SportExcel National Junior Squash Circuit and the Ong Beng Hee / Nicol David Trophies.
Through the generous support of former National Junior Champion and current VP of SRAM, Gerard Monteiro, Ohana has stepped forward to sponsor the KL area League, the National Championships and the Malaysian Open Doubles.
They too are new comers to the SRAM Sponsorship programme. They are our official apparel sponsors and have outfitted our teams at all international events.
SRAM thanks all sponsors and partners, who have all contributed to the success of our programmes. We also take this opportunity to thank our past sponsors that include KBS for their support in the Asian Junior Team Championships 2015, Mr. Thomas Chan of Nusmetro who has been a strong supporter of squash and the National Squash Championships for several years, Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din for Nu Sentral Mall and MRCB coming in as Venue and Hotel sponsor for the 2014 Malaysian Open, Harrow, SRAM’s apparel sponsor for the 2014/2015, Dude and Duchess SRAM’s official clothing sponsor for 2014/2015, Dunlop, the Royal Lake Club, Technifibre, Prince, RedTone, Dato’ Sri Hadian Hashim and many others. We apologise if names have been omitted and would be more than happy to update if and when information is received.