Today's DIY at home drill on the half-volley

Hi everyone,

No better time to be living out our Everyball 4 R's:

Respect government advice and take Responsibility for social distancing.

Respect each other in the home and take responsibility for your own behaviours and emotions.

Be ready to 'bounce forward' with Resilience into a new future and Reflect on how we can do things just a little differently.

Show your own P.R.I.D.E (personal responsibility in developing excellence) by devising your own training sessions at home and keeping up with your skills and fitness so you're ready for action when we can get back to the court, and....TRY THIS LITTLE DRILL to work on your legs and half-volley!

Improve your backhand slice at home with these simple tips

Hello all and a happy mother's day to you in these trying times...

Here's a few tips on improving your backhand slice at home.   Racket, ball, wall an a bit of will and patience and you'll have it down soon enough! 


Everyball Tennis at Halton Tennis Centre - Corona update Thursday 19th March

Dear Parents/Everyball Tennis @ Halton Tennis Centre customers,

In light of yesterday's news and upcoming school closures I would like to update you on our short-term plans for our coaching programme at Halton.

After careful consideration and gathering of feedback from many parents of children on the Everyball Coaching programme we have decided to continue with the utmost caution and care - and this on a day to day basis.  We will be rigorously pursuing all protocols as set out in previous communications.  All children should come prepared for both indoor* and outdoor tennis as we will be using all our court facilities to spread out and maintain appropriate distancing between all.  We count ourselves fortunate at Halton to have a very nimble leadership and management model where we can continually respond and adapt to changing circumstances, and a sport and facilities that lend themselves very well to social distancing and maintaining the utmost cleanliness.  Whilst we fully understand and respect the needs of those who must or prefer to stay at home, we very much welcome those of you who would still like to get out on a tennis court with an 'exercise not socialise' agenda, one currently supported by the LTA and Sport England.

While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, the Government have currently indicated that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period (LTA website)

The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in modern times and it could have a significantly negative impact on the nation’s physical activity levels.  We don’t want that to happen, so we'll do everything we can to support people to get and stay active – provided they are well enough.  That’s because physical activity matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now.  Being active in a way that is right for you, can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.  You can also still go outside for a walk, run, cycle - or any other way you normally get active outside - provided you are doing so in a way that meets the latest guidance on social distancing and advice on unnecessary social contact (Sport England website)

For Saturday morning customers please note that our bar and catering service has been very much trimmed down and we will be only offering takeaway tea, coffee, soft drinks, and snacks during this time.  There will be no kitchen service.

*Indoor tennis - whilst we will look to get outside as much as possible some sessions will continue in our indoor air domes.  Do please remember that fresh air is constantly being circulated within these facilities.

Finally, there may well be a possibility of putting on some extra daytime tennis activities for kids out of school next week.  We are currently assessing the practicality and nature of this in line with maintaining a responsible attitude and position to the war on the corona virus which we are taking very seriously indeed.  Any feedback you might have on this as parents would be much appreciated, and of course if you have any questions at all please do get in touch.

With our kindest regards and wishes of wellbeing for all,

Mike James
Director of Tennis, 07958 008312

Keeping calm and carrying on with Everyball Tennis at Halton Tennis Centre with your health and safety a priority

Dear parents, players and friends of Everyball,

At the start of another week, I just wanted to touch base to say that all coaching sessions at Halton Tennis Centre will carry on as scheduled.  The latest advice from the LTA can be found on their website via this link which is regularly being updated and of course as an organisation at Halton we are taking heed of all government advice.

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we will be taking some further precautions to ensure children and parents' safety at lessons and during drop-off and pickup and would very much appreciate your help in this.

  1.  Coaches will request all children wash their hands as soon as they arrive on site/directly before their sessions and immediately after.
  2.  Coaches will be encouraging (but perhaps not always able to enforce) a level of social distancing during sessions - a 'two racket length distance' between each other when and where possible.  We are strongly recommending no physical contact between players and players and players and coaches such as high fives and handshakes.
  3. We request players bring in minimal equipment as and where possible - rackets plus water bottle (leaving big bags etc at home).
  4. Use of cones/markers/throw down lines will be minimised and handled by coaches only.  Extra ball tubes have been ordered to help gather balls.
  5. Any coach showing any sign of being unwell will stand down from coaching for a period of time until fully fit.
  6. Likewise any child showing signs of being unwell will be stood down from a session - parents please don't bring a poorly child to training, particularly if they have a cough/temperature.
  7. All left water-bottles will be thrown away immediately after sessions so take them home!
  8. Halton Tennis Centre will be disinfecting all door handles, table surfaces etc in the clubhouse/changing and toilet areas on a frequent basis throughout the day.
  9. As the weather improves and where/when possible sessions will be taken outdoors to be in the fresh air, although we are lucky that in our domes there is a constant renewal of fresh air.
  10. In the midst of what is a very difficult time lets continue to use our sport to keep our health and spirits up!

Many thanks indeed,

Mike James, Director of Tennis