Archive January 2019

Tennis is never on hold: from Melbourne to North Finchley

Tennis is never on hold for the Aceplay Tennis coaching team. Whilst the pro’s melted in Australia and we chewed our nails, cheered and reflected on all the drama from the Australian Open we were also hard at work here at Ravens Tennis Club in North Finchley, London.

Although winter has actually arrived it hasn’t been enough to stop us and our coaching programme. Frosty courts calls for creative coaching and whilst the younger kids have been taking their lessons in our club house, I’ve also been working on the psychology with the performance players. Last night did a fantastic analysis and reflection session after a grade three tournament last weekend brought a mixture of results. We spoke about the impact of tension as both a positive and negative reality in match play, how nerves can affect our performance and make movement, shot selection and execution harder than ever and how me may cope with these pressures.

Onwards and forwards for us all.

Watching Andy Murray is the reason I love sport and of course tennis!!

Watching Andy Murray on the Melbourne Arena tennis court in his first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut reminds me of not only why i love watching muzzer but why i love sport, tennis and watching it live.

On the back of his sad and tearful press conference two days ago Murray started his first round Australian Grand Slam match struggling physically. Although as expected he competed admirably he was just off the pace against an opponent he had previously not lost a set against. And then Murray starts fighting back. And the drama, adrenaline and sheer belligerent determination in him returns in the third set and the belief returned to his mind and seemingly replaced fears and pain from his hip. It is the reason he is great champion.

For me watching it also reminds me that goals, targets, hopes dreams and ambitions seemingly out of our reach can be achieved against the odds. Believing in yourself is often not easy. I know this from my own life struggles, but watching Murray and others like him is so inspiring and so motivating.

Junior tennis holiday camps for 2019

Camps 2019

Great news. Our 2019 junior holiday tennis camp information and details are now available for viewing and download.

Perhaps the most coveted and loved part of our annual tennis programme is the holiday camps. These run in parallel to Barnet Council School holidays and have a fantastic reputation built over a period of 10 years+.

Our coaches, tennis leaders and assistants work in coordination to ensure that children of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life can come to our tennis club here in North Finchley London N12 and have a fantastic experience. It is one they will want to repeat and share over and over, just ask the hundreds of children who have been here before.

We are proud of our reputation, it has been built through attention to care and detail and would love to share it with you. Come and join us and become part of the Aceplay Tennis family!!