SMART RACQUET'S Stringer is Nick Down who began stringing racquets 26 years ago. He is a member of the United Kingdom Racquet Stringers Association (UKRSA) and having successfully completed their courses is qualified at the highest level as a Racquet Technician. Nick is also a member of the European Racket Stringer's Association (ERSA) and is certified as a 'Master Racquet Technician' (MRT)
Nick has been involved in racquet sports since the age of ten, mainly through his participation as a squash player. He was Herefordshire County Junior Champion three times and was a member of the Welsh Junior Men's International (U19) Squad in 1979. Nick also played for the Herefordshire Senior County team and was awarded county colours.
Herefordshire County Squash Team 1994
(Inter county Weekend at Shifnal)
L to R: Damien Ellis, Tom Burton, Stafford Murray, Rob Reid, John Ridgers, Nick Down.
Nick has spent many years playing at a high standard in the top divisions of several county leagues around the UK and also in the widely respected Cumberland Cup in London until its demise some years ago.
In 1993 Nick won a gold medal at the UK & EIRE Corporate Games and he is also licensed by England Squash and Racketball as both a squash and racketball Coach.
Although primarily a squash player, Nick has played County League Tennis in the past and to a lesser extent badminton.
As well as individuals, Nick is keen to hear from Clubs and sports shops looking to use a regular stringer and, by prior arrangement, can attend your club competitions and tournaments as an onsite stringer to enhance your event.
Nick is able to utilise his extensive experience when it comes to servicing your racquets. He is keen to work with players of all standards to acheive their optimum racquet set-up so regardless of whether you're a beginner or professional player, have a look around the rest of the site and if you can't find what you're looking for, contact Nick for further information.
Nick is a staff tutor for the UKRSA and a certification tester for the ERSA, where he recently (apr 2014) helped with the development of the new Master of Racquet Sports upgrade qualification that further certifies a Master Racquet Technician to include Badminton and Squash stringing to the long standimg Tennis based qualification.
Nick is a qualified teacher and a member of the Education and Training Foundation (formerly the Institute for Learning) with current QTLS status. A highly experienced stringer on the Pro Squash Tour, he is available by arrangement to deliver lessons and courses built around any aspect of racket service either privately or through the UKRSA or ERSA certification programmes.
As with all racquets, due to the nature of the games, no guarantee can be made against frame breakage, however, in the unlikely event that your strings break within 4 weeks of stringing, they will normally* be replaced free of charge.
Nick Down winning the Herefordshire U19 County Championship in 1979, the runner up was Mark Bellamy
* subject to racquet inspection