Everyball Tennis Aspire to Excel Academy Programme 2017/2018 kicks off next week!

We kick off next week with 35 players attending our Aspire to Excel Academy programme at HaltonUK - 17 boys and 18 girls respectively which is a coincidental but happy mix!

The objective of the A2E programme is to provide quality training opportunities and support for competitive junior players (12&U - 18&U) who are aspiring to excel in our sport.

To excel of course means different things to different people so in this instance we are referring to those players aspiring to progress within the junior County, Regional and National framework of British Tennis. We broadly measure this by number of players with top 150 age-group national rankings (12&U - 18&U).

Current statistics show that 57.13% of our Academy players sit inside this ranking band within their particular age-groups.

A big congratulations to all players for their progress over the summer competitive season, and a special mention to Joel Good who yesterday cracked the top 10 in the GB for 14&U boys with a ranking of 8.  Miles Groom, Joshua Oakley and Jasmine Conway are all ranked inside the top 20, with Dan Dean, Ben Smith, Izzy Marshall, Millie Day and DJ Mentiply comfortably inside the top 50!  Several players have just moved up into new age-groups and therefore fallen out of this band, but no doubt will be back up there very soon and we're looking forward to see our current AASE's players pick up their games once again after GCSE's this summer.

One of our key outcome goals for the year is to nudge all Academy players forward with their ranking.  Rating remains an important measure as well, though ranking is of course the true 'currency' within our sport (TE, ITF, WTA, ATP).

How do we do that?  2 key ways!!

  • Smart competitive planning
  • A relentless focus on getting busy getting better!
Looking forward to the new term with our re-designed Academy programme which includes a menu of early morning, afternoon and evening squads, brilliantly supported by our S&C programme delivered by Dom and Gemma.

All the best for a great term! 

Mike and the A2E Academy Team
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Couldn't agree more with this morning's post by Allistair McCaw.  How often to our country's top 10-14 year olds fade as they get taken over by their hungrier 'back in the pack' peers who have been playing tennis alongside at least 2 other sports.

The tipping point in young athletes:

In my experience with kids who've been playing a sport competitively, it's at the ages 13-15yrs of age, where you usually can best tell if they actually really love it or not. If it was their choice and dream, or that of their parents. In many cases, up until this point, they've been doing it more to please the parents and because they were good at a young age. At these ages, you also begin to notice if they've developed athleticism through other sports and skills. If they've developed grit and resilience, a growth or a fixed mindset. It's also at these ages where you see the most dropouts occur due to burnout and a lack of passion for the game.

The athletes who go on to better things, are the ones who were intrinsically motivated and nurtured in a way to love the game more and more, year by year. Nurtured by the right coaches & parents who rewarded behaviors, discipline, work ethic and effort, and not outcomes. They were encouraged and motivated by fun, and taught how to embrace success and failure at an early age. 

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Great job DJ Mentiply who won the Essex Open Grade 3 Doubles yesterday, pairing up with Kyran Magimay from Surrey (pictured below).

Also, great progress by Beth Grey on the ITF Pro Women's Circuit 15K in Dublin as she moves into the quarter finals with wins of Tereza Svecova (CZE) and Amanda Rogers (USA).  She takes on another American Quinn Gleason today.  Best of luck Beth!