We are delighted at Halton to launch a new charitable initiative called proV3.
The objective behind proV3 is to support the careers of aspiring but vulnerable* professional players currently ranked outside the WTA/ATP top 250.
Such vulnerabilities include:
- high rates of burn-out, drop-out & injury
- high stress/anxiety due to lack of resources (principally financial) as well as access to first class facilities, coaching and sparring partners
- low to nil income due to small prize money purses at lower tier events
- potentially ill-equipped and/or unprepared for life after tennis
Our strategy to achieve this objective comes through the pursuit of our HaltonUK definition of winning - to 'identify, gather and mobilise all our resources to go as far as we can'. In this our behaviours will be driven by 3 key values (the V3 bit!):
Excellence - the quality of being outstanding in all we do
Community - shared learning, experience and support. A sense of 'belonging'
Team-ship - actively willing each other on, celebrating success, working together with other coaches & organisations [The image of a lone piece of charcoal struggling to stay alight versus a glowing bed where each piece heats and is heated]
Our tactics involve (and not limited to this list):
- Provision of free court time, coaching, strength and conditioning, planning and competition scheduling
- Redistribution of financial investment
- Periodic coach support on the road
- Professional support and further personal development opportunities that experts in their field 'give' to proV3 players
- Accommodation options
- Training weeks to access
Current proV3 players
22 year old Beth Grey has been training under the HaltonUK/Everyball Tennis banner for the last 15 months and is our HaltonUK and now proV3 player ambassador. She is currently ranked WTA 613 (rise of over 300 places during her time with us) in singles and 289 in doubles having just won two 25K events with her regular doubles partner Olivia Nicholls (Loughborough Tennis). Beth plays in the main draw second round in Obidos, Portugal 25K event today after beating fellow Brit Freya Christie (524) yesterday. (Beth and Olivia pictured below)
Toby Martin has been using Halton as his training base through the winter and spring whilst recovering from injury and he looks forward to progressing back up the ATP rankings over the remainder of 2018.
Gosling Tennis' Katy Dunne coached by Richard Hawkes (WTA 242) who grew up as a junior at Halton between ages 12-18) also continues to use facilities and sparring partners from time to time at Halton.
For further information on proV3 and to get involved in the project either as a player or in a support capacity, please contact Mike James, firstname.lastname@example.org