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Performance players trip to Germany

 

During the month of July 2017, Tom Dixon and Steven Askey took a squad of players from our academy and the Heron academy in Newquay (The Ace Academy based at the Heron Tennis Tennis Centre) to Germany where they spent a very beneficial 10 days in Steinbach working with Laurence Matthews, formerly ranked in the top 4 in Britain and a pupil of Gordon Birt's, working on clay court techniques and strategy.  They also competed in 2 German ranking tournaments where they acquitted themselves well, Emily Dunn having won her age group in the second tournament - well done Emily!

 



 

Set Point Tennis Academy with a Fritz on top

During the first week of August 2017, the Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay, Cornwall hosted teams from Tennis Club Steinbach in Germany and our own academy.  3 of our performance players travelled down to Newquay where they enjoyed 25 hours of tennis training during the week.

The 2 visiting teams combined with the Heron's juniors for 7 days of tennis and off-court activities.  The players had drilling sessions each morning with TC Steinbachs head coach, Laurence Matthews, Matthew Trudgeon (a former winner against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon) and Steve Askey, head coach at the Heron tennis centre.  What an opportunity for our players, as all 4 coaches have played internationally on the professional circuit! It's extremely doubtful whether they would have had a similar opportunity any where else in  Britain?

The event, a brainchild of Gordon's and in it's 8th year of being held in this picturesque setting in Cornwall, also featured match-play sessions each afternoon, beach tennis, beach runs and on-court fitness (including football).  Recreation activities included surfing lessons, a traditional Cornish 'fish and chip' night and a BBQ.

All the visiting players were kindly hosted by families from the Heron Tennis Centre, so a big thank you to them for making our boys so welcome!  Our 3 players, Rebecca & Emily Dunn and Oliver Skirrow have returned home fitter, more experienced and mature, having had the time of their lives!

 



Charity day in aid of breast cancer research:

Gordon and I would like to thank all our friendly helpers and those who donated gifts and prizes, thereby contributing towards making November the 9th such a memorably successful day.  The enthusiasm and generosity of the Thames Ditton village folk was truly amazing.  To date we have raised £10000, far exceeding our expectation.

Many thanks again.

Cathy Birt

 

 

 


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 09:03