Strengths and weapons

Using your strengths is a 3 part process:

1.  Set up your strengths

2.  Execute your strengths

3.  Follow up your strengths

Rarely, if ever, is using your strengths a one shot deal.

Everyball players at GB Junior National Championships this week

Big congratulations on qualification for this years Junior National Championships and the very best of luck to the following competing tomorrow:

12&U Girls - Bournemouth

Millie Day v Skye Bentum-Siripi - Monday 9.30 am

14&U Boys - Nottingham

Miles Groom (8) v Gregor Webster - Monday 10.30 am 

16&U Girls - Nottingham

Sophia Mezzone v Holly Staff (6) 1pm

Boys 16&U - Nottingham

Joel Good v Samuel Macleod - Tuesday 10.00 am

Girls 18&U - Nottingham

Isabelle Marshall (2)  v Camilla Gretchel - Monday 1.30 pm

Sophia Mezzone v Annabel Davis - Tuesday 8.30 am

Driving into the future looking into the rearview mirror

It's natural.  We make decisions and choices about our future based on what's happened to us in the past.  But sometimes, we need to challenge whether those decisions and choices are rational and relevant.

'I've never beaten this guy, unlikely that I'll beat him today....'


'I've never beaten this guy, but today, with the work and improvements I've made recently, I'm giving myself every chance of winning this match'

Then go apply this to life and challenge every decision you make about your future to check if it's rooted in some past experience that's gonna limit the amount of living you do now.

Mike and Beth lead Junior Performance Training Camps 23-24th August - book now!

For competitive junior tennis players, this will be a transformational two days of high intensity performance training designed to prepare players for upcoming County Closed events, clean your game after a summer of competition, and ready yourself for the upcoming autumn season whilst learning drills from the tour to take your game to the next level.

Led by Mike James (LTA Level 5 Master Performance Coach) and Beth Grey (WTA 449 singles and 217 Doubles) the day will include pro-style performance preparation, intensive drilling, speed and conditioning, mental training, and matchplay.

Lunch is provided within the £50.00/day cost.  

Time: 8.30-4.00pm daily.

Venue: Halton Tennis Centre

For more information and booking, please contact Mike James via email at 

Two problems...

Problem number 1 is erroneously believing you deserve it.

'It' being:

  • that ranking
  • winning that match or getting that far
  • selection for that team, squad, programme, school, institution
  • that life, experience, opportunity

This is a problem because you have not worked hard or smart enough to 'earn it' and you like the idea of it but are not prepared to really commit with the right attitude and energy to the goal.  Or, you've constantly been told how good, talented, smart you are, but actually don't have the evidence to back it up and 'it' is seen an entitlement.

Problem number 2 is not believing your deserve it.

This is a problem because you are working your socks off and all the evidence points to the fact that you do deserve it but either background, self-belief or attitudes from you or those around you that say, 'that's only for the exclusive group'.  If this is you, just ask yourself the question, 'if not you, who?  If not now, when?'

Intellectual property/credit & inspiration for this blog taken from Seth Godin's blog, The two 'Harvard problems'

Halton Tennis Centre & Everyball Tennis named as one of GB's 50 Local Player Development Centres today

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) today named 50 tennis centres across the country that will act as Local Player Development Centres (LPDCs), marking the next milestone in the development of the new ten-year Performance Strategy for tennis in Britain.

We are delighted to announce that HaltonUK & Everyball Tennis have been invited to contribute to the new Performance Strategy in this capacity and we look forward to partnering the LTA in our ongoing work developing young, local talent in our area.

For further information on the new Performance Strategy and today's announcement by the LTA please see this link

Congratulations to the entire Everyball/HaltonUK team who have made this possible.

A really rather special day at SW19

She entered the stage like she belonged and then played like she belonged with a joy, freedom, smile and grit that we grew so accustomed to over the years in our journey with Katy at Halton and to see it manifest itself on the biggest stage in the world yesterday was really rather special.

Not only was it an absolute privilege to be invited up by Katy to support her on the day, it was beyond my wildest expectations that she'd play her first round main draw Wimbledon match against 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko on Centre Court.

To be there in her box alongside her parents, friends and coaching team from @GoslingTennis who have done such a fine job with her over the last 18 months or so was the fruition of a dream that began 11 years ago when she first rocked up at Halton as a 12 year old.

Thank you Katy for the superb experience yesterday and wishing you and Harriet all the very best in the doubles!