What a difference a coach makes

A change of coach often makes a difference to a player.  However when you have your new coach as an ex coach of professional players, you cannot imagine the difference in intensity and focus of each session or the impact on your players.

Jorge Martin joined the Prior’s Field Tennis Academy in September and all our players have improved to an extent I never imagined in just three months. Jorge treats them like mini professionals, works closely with our sports physiologist and has a great working relationship with all the girls.

They have all had success too, winning or runner’s up in tournaments and all achieving ratings rises.  Jorge doesn’t see these as important.  He’s all about improving young players and believes the results will come.  He’s right of course and his philosophy is working at Prior’s Field.  Watch this space to hear about more success for our players.

Former Davis Cup captain joins the Prior’s Field School Tennis Academy

Prior’s Field is delighted to have Premier Tennis now working with its Academy.  James Auckland is the Director of Tennis for Premier, where he designs and oversees a variety of coaching programmes and takes responsibility for coach development and training.  A former professional tennis player, James was British No. 1 doubles player (2005-07), reaching the last 16 of the Wimbledon men’s doubles championships.  He will be supporting the programme at Prior’s Field and has introduced Jorge Martin Munoz to the team of coaches.  Jorge brings a wealth of experience as a former Davis Cup captain for UAE, having coached former ATP top 50 players as well as top 25 WTA players.  Jorge and James will play a key role in the development of the Academy and be actively involved in the players’ day to day development, tennis timetables and tournaments.

Prior’s Field Success

PF Surrey Champs 13U

Well done to the Prior’s Field 13 and under team, who won the Surrey League beating Tormead in the semi finals and Putney High in the final

Happy Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and plenty of indoor tennis for the next few months.  Can the weather get any worse!!

Tennis Ratings

Perhaps someone could explain to me why a player can’t get into grade 5 events as other players are more highly rated, but then is accepted in both a grade 3 and a grade 4 event.  I assume that the more highly rated players entering grade 5 events are too chicken to enter the better events.  What does that tell you about the state of British Tennis?  Are they all too frightened to lose?

We’ll miss you Dan

Orbit Tennis pays tribute to 21 year old coach Dan Burden who died in a car crash on Friday 11th October. Dan had been a member at Elstead from the age of five, playing for the teams from junior to senior and at 18 became Barbara’s first apprentice coach, working for Orbit Tennis and Elstead club via the LTA apprentice scheme. Dan worked at Prior’s Field, Edgeborough and Frensham Heights schools during his three years with Orbit as well as coaching on every holiday programme.

Dan gained his level 3 qualifications and last January decided to work and travel. He took up a post in India from February to July, and after working through the summer as part of the Orbit holiday team, had been due to take up a six month post in Australia two days after the crash. Dan will be greatly missed by all of us, especially the many junior players he coached. He had a great sense of humour and made all his lessons fun. He will always be part of the Orbit team.

Past French Open Champion

I had the privilege of playing with Lesley Turner Bowrey today. You might not be old enough to have heard of her but she beat Margaret Court and Ann Jones to win two French Opens in the mid 60′s, as well as every ladies and mixed doubles grand slam. She is about 10 years older than me but what a fantastic advocate for the game of tennis. A truly lovely enthusiastic lady.

Summer Holiday Courses

Orbit Tennis summer holiday courses in Godalming and Elstead are already being booked up by parents who don’t their children to miss out this year on the very popular camps.  With excellent coaching by LTA qualified coaches, matchplay, team games, excellent facilities and loads of FUN you can understand why the places go so quickly.

Barclays Ball Kids

The ATP World tour finals are in November 2013.  We are thrilled that a pupil from Prior’s Field elite tennis academy has been selected to be a Barclays Ball Kid for the 2013 .  Daisy Phillips is one of only 30 children who have been chosen out of thousands that have applied.

Daisy applied to attend one of fourteen Regional Selection Trials held around the country. She was then picked  to go to the National Selection with a hundred others, and after an exhausting day of training was selected.  She will now ball boy for the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in November 2013.  Well done Daisy!

Barb’s Blog

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