Photography By: CHICHI UBIÑA
Clothing provided by Rodd & Gunn Greenwich
Rodd & Gunn and Fairfield County LOOK are proud to present the series, “Gunn Guys.” Luke Butterworth is wearing Rodd & Gunn and is photographed on location at Greenwich Academy.
Where do you work? I have been teaching squash for 12 years and I am currently the proud Director of Squash at Greenwich Academy where I have just completed my fourth season at the helm. This season we won our 11th National Championship title. Alongside my role as the Head of GA Squash I am the Director of LBSQUASH, a fully functioning private squash program run at the GA courts. I love teaching squash, seeing players whom you have taught since a young age become fantastic players and even better people. It makes it a very rewarding job.
Job title: Director Of Squash, Greenwich Academy
Married? Kids? I am married, to my high-school sweetheart, Trudie. We are both from the town of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. We have been married for two years, no kids just yet!
Where do you live? I have lived in the Greenwich/Stamford area for 9 years now and we now are set up with a house in Stamford where are happily enjoying home life.
When you want to look casual but sharp, what’s your go-to outfit? I am a black jeans and jumper kind of guy. Nice pair of shoes usually rounds off the outfit! (English term for sweater)! I do like to style myself with the English look, top button done-up on polos and shirts looking clean, fresh and European.
What’s the one item of clothing you can’t live without in your wardrobe? Accessory? My Fred Perry polo shirts from back in the day – for some reason I can’t let go of them, I guess it reminds me of fun times with my mates back home!
Shoes or watch — what’s your splurge item? My friends always make fun of my day to day watches. I am a proud member of the CASIO club! I have 3 casio’s, one for work, one for dinner and one for casual! I do have a special watch that my Mum bought for me before she passed away which I wear for special occasions and nothing will ever replace it. I like to splurge on holidays and creating memories with my wife, friends and family.
What is in your closet from your college days? The school system is a little different in the UK and I actually left school with my required qualifications and entered the real world. I became a squash professional at 17 and I haven’t looked back. I have worked very hard to compete on the world tour and since then have gone on to direct my focus on coaching. I have some great memories from my high school days and have kept things such as a farewell book signed by all my school friends and teachers which is a great read!
What fashion trend do you wish would go away? Ripped Jeans.
How do you stay in shape? I play squash pretty much every day with my students. Some of them are starting to make me sweat so that always keeps me on my toes to stay in shape! Squash is one of the best sports in the world to keep you in shape, it’s such a great al round work out, not to mention how fun it is to play!
Favorite sport to play/do? Favorite spectator sport? I am definitely a squash geek – I love everything about it, playing, watching, coaching reading about squash I am very passionate about my sport. However a huge passion of mine is FOOTBALL (soccer). I grew up playing soccer and always dreamt of playing professionally. I am a huge fan of my hometown team Huddersfield Town and if I’m not doing something squash related then you will find me watching, reading, listening to something soccer related!
Favorite vacation spot? I am very fortunate to have been able to travel the world with squash. I have spent some amazing time in South America in Brazil particularly Rio, Paraguay where I lived for a short while in 2011, and Argentina. I would have to say my favorite vacation spot is Croatia. My wife and I have been there twice now and we love returning to such an amazing place. Europe has so much culture in each country and we love going back there to a new city each summer!
Favorite electronics/gadget? My iPhone helps me stay connected with my friends from all over the world. It’s incredible what you can do on a phone these days, and I would have to say its my favorite gadget.
Favorite decade for music? Would have to say the 2000’s indie music scene. Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, King of Leon and Oasis to name a few. They all produced tune after tune, and I have fond memories of their music growing up. My wife and I have a similar music taste, so it’s nice to play their records at home to this day.
What concert in the past would you give your eye teeth to attend? Who do you want to see now? Arctic Monkeys – they are an amazing band from the same country as me, and their songs remind me of growing up and having an amazing time with my friends back home.
Beer or bourbon? I love to enjoy a beer or two with friends when I get some down time! Every now and again after a long day of coaching I enjoy an Old Fashioned with Bulleit Bourbon.
What shows are you streaming now? I am currently enjoying UK based show Peaky Blinders. I am also a bit late to the Game of Thrones bandwagon, and I would say I’m slightly addicted to Planet Earth with David Attenborough.
Charity of choice – tell us about your involvement: Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield UK. The work that the care-givers, doctors, nurses do on a day to day basis at hospices across the world is remarkable. Two years ago I witnessed first hand the intensive care they gave to my mum to ensure she was as comfortable as possible in her final months, weeks, days and I will never forget the care they gave. I have held charity nights to raise money for them and will continue to do so.