"As the new owner of Kings Leisure Club I arrived intending to remove two of the four squash courts
in order to make room for an expansion of the club's gymnasium. However in three months that I have
been in Guernsey I have witnessed an interest in squash that I have never experienced elsewhere and
I have no doubt this is because of the hard work that Mark Allen is carrying out as part of his
Hadrian Wakeham, Director of King's Health Club.
"During his time in Guernsey Mark galvanized all our squash players to achieve higher standards. We recognize Mark as an excellent coach and administrator, and in the two years he was on the island he was almost solely responsible for steering Guernsey squash back in the right direction".
Paul Luxon, Chairman of Guernsey Squash Racquets Association.
"In the two years Mark spent in Guernsey he generated an extraordinary enthusiasm for the sport,
from the grass roots to the highest levels of the game. The squash courts of Guernsey are once again
thronging with people and there is a very real buzz. He has not just groomed the best players but has
nurtured the whole of the squash playing community on the island."
Robert Hickling, President of J.S.R.A.
"Mr Allen's time in Washington D.C. area has a mounted to a number of successful relationships with all parts of the squash community, including developmental programs, beginner and elite training camps, local tournaments, and high school programs. Equally comfortable with grassroots promotion as he is with elite players, junior activity in Washington, D.C. has tripled thanks to his efforts."
Stephen S. Gregg, Junior Director, U.S.S.R.A.
"Mark has not only developed 10 of our school players into nationally ranked juniors, but he has also created a higher level of participation among our students and faculty. We had 56 students enroll to play squash last winter, which is over 1/6th of the entire school enrollment. This is an outstanding number given that our program is only 3 years old."
Geoff Jones, Headmaster Potomac School, VA.
"Since Mark Allen's appointment as Head Squash Professional at The San Francisco Bay Club in 2003, our squash program has flourished. Our court usage is at capacity due to Mr. Allen's ability to attract seasoned squash enthusiasts as well as new players to the game. Mr. Allen took what was a good squash program, and has turned it into the highest regarded program on the West Coast."
Nestor L. Fernandez II
Regional Manager of Western Athletic Clubs.
"When Mark Allen was appointed as Head Squash Professional in 2003
he quickly got to work establishing many new programs and clinics
to increase the awareness of the game and to expand our market. Within
the first two years our members were exposed to world class coaching,
international tournaments, and a chance to play inter and intra team
league squash. Mr. Allen's vision to develop a quality squash program
was clear and focused, and resulted in increased interest and court
usage. Under Mr. Allen's supervision, the program continues to grow
in popularity and revenue."
Megan Devlin-Preiksa, General Manager, Bay Club Marin.
"The 2005 North American Open P.S.A. squash tournament
that was organized and directed by Mark Allen raised over $200,000 for local groups enabling our foundation to bring PE and sports programs into bay area schools."
David H. Levy, Chairman of Giving on the "T", a project of the Tides Foundation.
"Mark's arrival on the west coast has generated considerable interest in squash in this area and will help lead directly and indirectly to the creation of men's and women's teams at two of the most prestigious universities in this area: Cal Berkeley and Stanford."
Cliff Lavine, President of N.C.S.R.A.