Everyball Tennis welcome two new coaches, Christian Colvin and Sam Kilhams, to the TEAM!

Christian Colvin 

Chris joins our team from The Wimbledon Club, SW19 just across from the All England!

He has a real passion for working with players of all levels that want to perform to the best of their ability. He joins our team with a diverse coaching background.

He began his coaching career as a 21 year old as the Head Coach of his local tennis club where he began to inspire a significant increase in junior coaching, developing a schools outreach program and an adult coaching program.

With a desire to further himself Christian then took on the role as Head of Mini Performance at Withdean Indoor Tennis centre gaining valuable experience while working with a group of National 12&U players. Alongside this he helped Sussex LTA with their county cup training. 

During his time at Withdean Christian qualified as an LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach which then led him into his next role working at the High Performance Centre in Brighton travelling and coaching players at national and international level at all ages.  

Christian is now a current candidate on the LTA Level 5 Master Club Coach Qualification.

His passion for helping people to identify, gather and mobilise all that they have to go as far as they can is why Christian is so passionate to join the Everyball team as his own personal values and beliefs are very much in line with the Halton and Everyball ethos. 

christiancolvin@everyball.net, 07909 352866

Sam Kilhams

Sam was introduced to tennis at 7 years old at his local tennis club in Chichester, West Sussex.  He had a successful junior career playing at every age group for Sussex and attending regional and national training camps whilst winning multiple events around the UK.  

As a senior player, Sam continues to represent Sussex whenever possible and has played a number of British Tour events enjoying competition and engaging in multiple sports for as long as he can!

During his college years Sam completed the LTA AASE Scheme at Brighton Health and Rackets Club, completing this in 2011.  During this time he completed his Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications.  His Level 3 badge soon followed as did a full time coaching position at Chichester where he first picked up a racket!

This gave Sam an excellent platform to gain experience as a coach and assist many different players from toddlers at the start of their journey, to competitive teenage athletes, to veterans at 65+.  Everyone of them has helped him learn and develop as a coach and person!

Having some completed his Level 4 Senior Club Coach Award in 2016, Sam is excited to join the Everyball team and we are delighted to have him!  

samkilhams@everyball.net, 07833 918748


Effortless power (2)

The thing about effortless power (see short video post yesterday of Everyball coach Alan Bevan in action) is that it's a bit of a contradiction.  It actually takes a lot of work.  So does powerless effort of course, but you'd take effortless power every time wouldn't you?

What did you see as you pulled up for the shot?

So asked a reporter when interviewing Mississippi State Bulldog Morgan William who scored an OT buzzer-beater jump shot to snap UConn's 111-game win streak in the semi-finals of the NCAA 2017 Final Four.

Her reply: 'I saw opportunity'.

Morgan William, the tiniest player on the court, hit the biggest shot of her life.

Because she wanted the ball.

Because her courage outweighed her fear.

Because she ignored the towering opponent in her face.

Because she had practiced and practiced and practiced.

Because she knew at some point the chance would come.

And she was there, and she was ready.

She saw opportunity.

See it here

A new way of thinking (3)

We are entitled to our human rights.

That's about it.

Entitlement doesn't stretch further.

We are not entitled to win that match.
We are not entitled to that job or that earning.
We are not entitled to that behavioural response.
We are not entitled to that reward, that relationship, that perk.

When we become entitled, we become a victim. It becomes everybody else's fault, never ours.  

There's always someone or something to blame and frankly playing the victim is not attractive.

Our response is to take responsibility - show an ability to respond and create value in and for ourselves by working for and earning the things we want.

Superb by Jo Konta reaching finals of Miami - no entitlement there I can assure you.

A new way of thinking (2)

I think there was a time when responding to feedback and criticism was just seen as part of our development and evolution as players, coaches, professionals.

Now in our post modern ego-centric world we have become unable to distinguish this between an attack on our personal being rather than feedback on our performance - our performance (actions and behaviours that we mobilise to achieve a result) on a particular occasion!

Can we re-think this? Can we re-programme ourselves to take on board either the evidence that sits in front of us, or the opinions and observations of others and separate this from becoming some sort of statement or reflection of our 'person'.

Can we begin to act as if these statements were true:

There is no failure only feedback.

We are not our behaviours.

A new way of thinking about things....

Sometimes we need a new way of thinking about things.

A new way of thinking leads to a different set of behaviours.

Is today a day to challenge our thinking habits?  Is it a day to challenge how we fundamentally talk to ourselves because we are listening!!

Incremental daily progress

Are you progressing, improving, moving forwards?

Seth Godin writes: The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation.  A figurative drip, drip, drip.  Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength....

You've got to keep treading the path, 'laying track' as he calls it.

Day after day.

Session after session.

Ball after ball.  Keep showing up, not just physically but being there 100% mentally with effort, fight and courageous purpose behind every ball.


Getting to know our 'Everyball' players....William Mottram

In the second of our 'getting to know you' posts meet 12 year old Will Mottram, the No. 4 12&U player in Bucks!

Your Dream goal?  Play in the Davis Cup!

Favourite meal? Pizza

Favourite player? Andy Murray

Your individual coach and his/her quirkiest habit? Jemima and insisting on playing 'Killer'

When you're not playing tennis? Football, cricket and basketball.

Favourite/least favourite lesson in school? P.E/R.E

Your quirkiest habit? Pushing my fingers through my fringe even during a rally!

Your favourite part of being a tennis player and what makes you such a formidable opponent?  Playing matches and chasing down every ball!! (yes, Will!)

Football team? Chelsea

Learning to deal with 'injustice'

Great phrase used yesterday by colleague Kris Soutar as we delivered module 5 of the LTA Senior Performance Coach Award together in Loughborough.

Players need to learn to deal with injustice.

Yep, perceived injustice is everywhere in our sport from a bad line call to a referee changing match times to a let-cord winner by your opponent on your match point.  The list could be endless.

Depends on how you see it of course.  See these things simply as 'events' rather than unjust events and you can begin to exercise some responsibility (the ability to respond).

Great group of candidates on the current course including Everyball's Roy Knight!