A wonderful coaching opportunity with us at Everyball Tennis, Halton UK

Everyball Tennis, Halton Tennis Centre (Halton UK) – Coaching position

Halton Tennis Centre is one of the most dynamic and forward thinking tennis organisations in Great Britain with LTA president Cathie Sabin recently commenting:

'My second visit to Halton was just as inspirational as my first. Your vision and leadership is keeping the club one step ahead....and it's so good to see all your team buying into all the new initiatives.'

Everyball Tennis (EBT) is our coaching brand and provider, serving not only Halton but Tring and Wendover tennis clubs, and a number of outreach centres and schools in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

A snapshot over the last 15 years shows that EBT/Halton UK has produced exactly 100 junior County champions across 7 counties (10&U-18&U); we have consistently been within the top 3 centres in the East Region for RCJ's, won a number of Team Aegon Junior National titles as well as both our senior teams reaching the Team Aegon finals in 2016, and we have led the way in inclusive tennis in our region. During this time we have also had 3 players compete at Junior Wimbledon whilst running a vibrant traditional tennis club for people of all ages and ability. A recent comment by a parent summs it up: 'It's a true tennis club.'

We are seeking to appoint a further coach to our team and you could just be the that person with the special combination of attitude, energy, and competency that we're looking for (and very much in that order!).

The successful candidate(s) will:

  • Be a Level 3 or 4 self-employed LTA licensed coach (or equivalent)

  • Demonstrate an ability to be an 'all-rounder', equally comfortable and willing to work in both club development (mini tennis, junior and adults) and junior performance. The coach will support our promise to customers to 'educate, motivate and inspire through the power of sport to help you become the best you can be' and will have a coaching philosophy that is compatible with our 'everyball way'

  • Understand the nature of the tennis coaching industry in that our customers leisure time is our work time.

  • Show enthusiasm, professionalism, a desire to learn and be part of a dynamic, supportive coaching TEAM – this includes understanding the interdependent relationship between the coach's individual business and the Everyball coaching/club programme

  • Have a full drivers license

Through this role there is a significant opportunity to build a strong individual coaching business through teaming up with a leadership process designed to support your growth and development with the parallel goal of continuing to build on our reputation for excellence, innovation and service.

Start date: February – May 2017 depending on current contract obligations of successful candidate

For further information please contact Mike James, Director of Tennis, Everyball Tennis, Halton UK on mikejames@everyball.net, 07958 008312

- see our websites www.everyball.uk, www.everyball.net (MJ blog), www.haltontennis.co.uk

An application should be submitted to Mike via email above with CV and the names and contact details of two referees, one from inside tennis and one from outside tennis.

Closing date for applications: End of January 2017

Interviews to follow shortly after by arrangement

Halton Tennis Centre, Chestnut End, Halton Village, Bucks HP22 5PD

Sustainability in Sport - could 2017 be the year we make a real difference to the environment in our sports clubs/organisations and governing bodies?

Dear friends,

Through CHILDS (The Chiltern Institute of Learning, Development and Sport - one of our sister organisations at Halton UK) we are working alongside Karl Walker and Tom Old at Clean Energy UK on developing Sustainability in Sport and hope that this is something you'd be very interested in!

To raise awareness on the subject and what organisations can do to 'make a real difference' CHILDS is hosting a talk with Karl and Tom on Wednesday 1st February, 2017 at Halton and we would be delighted to invite you to attend.  

The link for more information and to register for the talk is here: http://curiouscows.uk/content/sustainability-sport

and I add some further information for you below as well as a couple of slide decks.

My kindest regards and best wishes to you all for a fantastic sporting year, and one in which we might just be able to make that 'extra' difference to our communities and world.


Clean Energy UK (CEUK) 
is a purpose driven business started by a team of people who are passionate about safeguarding our future.

CEUK’s mission is to help drive change in the UK energy markets by encouraging the uptake of clean, renewable energy and by providing businesses and organisations with the education, support and expertise, to become more energy efficient. Our aim is to demonstrate to businesses they can save money while lowering their carbon footprint at the same time. 

Our domestic renewable energy switching platform, The Big Clean Switch went live recently and is a national campaign, working in partnership with Here Now, who are funded by the IKEA Foundation. The Big Clean Switch platform is tailored specifically for each project partner including Unilever, Aviva, Deloitte, Tearfund, Greenpeace and other NGOs and corporates. 

Each of our partners generate a revenue share from the process of either employees, members or customers switching their households to renewable energy.

Example partner site in beta testing stage: 

Live site: 

Attached is a CEUK slide deck which sets out our offering in the commercial sector:
  • Our Mission & Purpose
  • The Process of Switching
  • Why use CEUK
  • The Benefits for Business
  • Our Services
  • The Team
  • Case Studies.
For CEUK our services are predominantly twofold:

1. Energy Brokering & Procurement
2. Energy Consultancy & Advisory Services

Drive out fear in your organisation

Fear is a powerful management tool often linked to dictatorial coaching styles.  Both can offer speedy, short-term results.

Far better though to develop self-regulation and autonomy as hall-marks of your organisational culture.  Takes more time and effort over a 'do this or else' approach where control by those in power is the dominant leadership strategy, but where relationships break-down, trust is never built and individuals don't grow.

See this interesting link on British cycling.

How many of these winners are 1 in 10 no option 's**t or bust'???

Worth studying how all these points end.  How many of these winners are hit because there is no option of recovery to suffer a little more to regain a neutral or better position in the point?  Fun to watch anyway!

Do our juniors in GB pull the trigger too soon??  How can we teach the ability to suffer in defence a little longer to eventually gain parity in the point once more?

Assumptions make an ass out of you and me!

Made the fatal assumption today that athletes 'know' why the coach chooses a particular training method. Why 'basket drill' for example?:

To provide greater volume/repetition
To increase intensity by controlling time 
To increase capacity of player to add pace from dead ball situation
To be in close proximity to player to communicate more easily/effectively
To nail down a particular game situation - freeze frame the video 

Having explained the purpose behind basket work to a player today, whilst not overly enjoying this aspect of training, he saw reason for it and bought in with greater commitment!

Beth Grey joins Everyball Tennis Academy at Halton

Extending a very warm welcome to Beth Grey who joins The Everyball Tennis Academy, Halton UK.

21 year old Beth, currently world ranked 754 from New Brighton, Wirral is the 17th ranked female tennis player in Great Britain. 

We look forward to working with Beth and providing her with the base and support she'll require to continue her rise up the WTA rankings.

Welcome Beth!