Boot camp next week!!

Calling all players to Boot Camp next week!!

Monday to Friday 5.00-6.30 pm.  Book via Dom (

Mansion Hill, Wendover Woods fitness trail.....

Get ready for the start of a new term of training by hitting the ground running!

See video of some of our boot camp style training with full-time players in 2010 to get you motivated!!

James won't be joining us this year as he's looking after his girls following the birth of baby Jessica on Saturday and of course Jemima Hayward (now King!) is away for a week after her and Stef tied the knot that same day! 


County Closed week - Good luck all players

Good luck all players this week competing in your various County Closed events.  Bucks, Herts, Beds, Middlesex, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire will all have representation from Everyball at Halton! (Don't think I've missed any out?)

Morning warm-ups to be held at Chesham Bois each day 7.50 - 8.50 am.

Theme for the week: Renewal of effort, again and again without entitlement to immediate reward! 

Katy Dunne blogs from New Haven!

So this week I'm in New Haven at Yale University playing in the Maureen Conolly for GBR. It's a friendly team tournament against the USA played every year in the rememberence of Maureen.  This year we're playing along side the WTA event where top 4 seeds are Radwanska, Kvitova, Wozniacki (pictured below) and Errani.

We get to go in the players room where all the pro's chill out before and after their matches, which is pretty cool as were right close up seeing what they do from day to day. So far we've been here 3 days, but finally tomorrow (23rd August) is match day and I'll be playing at 1, Katie Boulter 2, Harriet Dart at 3 and Anna Brogan being our 4th player, as Eleanor Dean is unfortunatly injured so she'll take the biggest part in support! So wish us Brits luck, hopefully we'll keep the good feeling of the O'lympics riding on!!

Summer Camps roll on!

Our busiest year yet of Summer Camps roll on. Day 3 of week 5 warms up this morning under watchful eye of Pete Thorne. Final week next week and places filling up fast on Minis, Junior and Multi Sport Camp. Don't miss the fun! 01296 623453 to book. Adult camps running next week as well led by Master Performance Coach Phil Hill so call for more info.

Liberty going well in Sutton LTA British Tour

Well done Liberty Crawford in winning through first two rounds of qualifying at the LTA British Tour at Sutton this week. Beat Oana Manole 6-4 6-2 and then Rachel Porter 6-3, 6-1.  Plays Manisha Chowdhury tomorrow at 12 noon.  Get the pistols out!

Good luck Libs!

Renewing effort - again and again

Back to base camp after EBI's Alice Patch and Holly Hutchinson lost today up in Nottingham - good run both and lots to keep working on!

Had a chat with Helen Reesby of the LTA on Monday.  Having just come back from the 14&U World Championships with Great Britain team, Helen was keen to stress that the players doing well on the International stage were those who were able to renew their effort, again and again, point after point and not feel entitled to immediate reward.  In working that through, especially the idea of entitlement, I think we've got to front up and be honest: effort does not necessarily bring reward, but brings about the moment where reward is possible, perhaps even probable but NOT guaranteed.  We only need to consider those athletes at the Olympics who trained for 4 years to come away with nothing, perhaps not even a personal best on the biggest stage and at the biggest moment of their careers.  

It's too easy to say, 'keep working and the results will come' but what of those moments when we work our butts off but results don't change?  That's when resilience kicks in, that ability to go again, and again, and again if need be, each time knowing you are getting closer, and if you never quite get there, your victory is in the journey.  As a wise man once said, 'you'll find when you arrive that the journey was the prize'.

Alice and Holly progress in Nottingham

Everyball player Holly Hutchinson (pic below) came back from 5-2 down in the first set tie break to win it 7-5 and then went on to win the second set 6-1 against Holly Thomson in the 14&U British National Championships. 11th seeded Hutchinson now plays 8th seed Emily Arbuthnot in Round 3 today.

Alice Patch beat Kirsty Venter in a confident first round display 6-1 6-2 and now plays 7th seed Molly Reed in Round 2 of the 16&U event.