Stare at who you want to become

The importance of strong role models vital, especially strong male role models for our younger boys. Barney Smith was in training with Ed and Thomas today - could have left the youngsters watching for half an hour just enthralled. Daniel Coyle calls it 'ignition' - that moment when somebody decides: 'that's who I want to become!' and the resulting 'rocket fuel like motivation' that propels them forward to that end.

Charity Tennis Festival at Halton - please read...

Hello all,  

Please do take some time to read this message from Aidan.

My name is Aidan Graveson, I have grown up playing tennis in Bucks and I have been the County Men’s Tennis Captain for the past 4 years.

I would like to introduce you to Waves4Hope, and my role within this crew.

Many of you may already be aware (thanks to the front page coverage in Tiebreaker Magazine), that back in November last year, 6 friends and I, none of whom have any previous rowing experience, signed ourselves up to row a Cornish Gig boat across the English Channel at its widest point, (a mere 50 miles or 80km), in order to help raise money for three amazing cancer charities.The Royal MarsdenSail 4 Cancer and Saving Faces. These three charities span the whole Cancer spectrum covering research and diagnosis, treatment, respite and end of life care. Like most people these days, I have friends and family members affected by cancer and am very happy to be doing something that contributes toward beating this disease and live in the hope that we will all be rid of it in the hopefully not so distant future.

As part of our fundraising ahead of this somewhat crazy challenge, we are putting on a Tennis Festival on Saturday 9th May, to be held at the fantastic Halton Tennis Centre, Buckinghamshire. This day has been designed to be a fun, active and social day out for the whole family, and for all ages and tennis playing abilities. No need to even own a racquet – we will have plenty to share!

Included in the price (£25 per person by way of donation through our virgin money giving pageusing a reference of “tennis event” – or via are:

·         BBQ

·         Professional Tennis Exhibition Match

·         The chance to play with or against a Pro in the Pro-Am doubles mix in

·         Fastest Serve Competition – prizes throughout the day

·         Babolat PLAY – connected tennis experience

·         Raffle (5 tickets included with amazing prizes on offer including a Rafael Nadal signed racquet for those tennis fans!)

·         Rowing Challenge

·         Bar open throughout

·         Plenty of green space for children not involved to run and play!

You can find detail of the Tennis Festival, including schedule and how to book and pay for your place in the two images below:


If you are able to join me and crew for this event, we would love to see you will be a fun afternoon, and most importantly, will contribute towards beating cancer!

If you are unable to join us on the 9th May, but would like to support Waves4Hope by a sponsorship donation, that too would be hugely appreciated.

Donate and follow our progress/challenge at: www.waves4hope.comon twitter: @Waves4hope or on Facebook:

There is even a documentary being made about us...see the trailer part 1 here. !!

Thank you very much for reading, and apologies it was such a long email!  

Any queries please do feel free to contact me.

All the best,

Bucks Men’s Tennis Captain & Temporary Rower

Congratulations JJ in signing letter of intent to Florida Tech

Big congratulations to Everyball player JJ Clark who signed his National Letter of Intent with Florida Tech earlier this week. With the help of US Tennis Scholarships founder Jemima King, JJ has accepted a tennis and academic scholarship beginning this Autumn (or Fall as they say in the States JJ!). Good luck JJ and enjoy being a Panther!

Jemima has now helped 11 Everyball players achieve their goal of playing tennis in the US Collegiate system and no doubt there will be many more to come in the future.

In other news this week Holly Hutchinson has reached the quarters of a Grade 2 ITF in Bulgaria. Good luck today Holly!

Sophie falls to Nell Miller at Notts Grade 4 ITF

(Earlier post was written yesterday but only uploaded this morning).  Sophie was unable to recover her 'legs' from the previous day and although fought hard went down 7-5, 6-3 to a feisty, competitive Nell Miller. Sophie will be back up to Nottingham at next week's ITF ready to go again!  Keep up the great work Sophie.