Summer holiday camp 7 bounces into sight

The summer holiday is in full swing and already those pesky advertisers are reminding us that school is returning soon. Before anything like that happens we have our last camp of the summer running Aug 27-30th at Ravens LTC, N12

It’s going to be a bumper camp and with spaces running out fast the fun is going to last all week!! Can’t wait to meet, greet and reunite with old faces, new campers and the Aceplay tennis coaching staff.

Look forward to seeing you all soon!!

Website updates: a fresh feel

It’s always super satisfying updating the website. Check out our fun new video sequences running on the home page, the new junior tennis camp updates and photo’s on both the home and camp pages and the added details for our adult, junior and mini tennis. The autumn 2019 tennis programme is bumper. We have never had so many people signing up for the tennis was we have in 2019. This can only happen thanks to you all for coming and joining in the fun.

Super happy to announce the newest coach onto the Aceplay Tennis team

This summer has seen a new addition to our coaching team wand what a great addition too!! One of my old players – Austin – has joined our team and already added something amazing. Taking charge of a new mini orange and red tennis ball group Auz who stopped playing to go and train as a primary school teacher has returned with all the skills and attributes needed and loved by younger children. His players are loving his sense of attention, fun and humour – a perfect addition to the team and handpicked for his like minded approach!!! Welcome on board Auz

Gone but not forgotten

Thank you to all who have been nudging me to post again, life on the tennis court has kept my fingers busy on the racket and with little time on the keyboard. Fear not we are back and with vigour!!!

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!!

Well we are nearly there. 2019 is looming over the tennis net and within touching distance. Upon reflection 2018 has been an unusual year. Not just because of social, political and environmental stuff that fills our newspapers, televisions, smart phones and thoughts but because it’s been quite a year for tennis.

On the pro circuit we saw the greatest male tennis player of all time Roger Federer continuing his remarkable tally of major title wins despite the exciting comeback of both Rafa and Novak to challenge his crown. Roger may not end 2018 as world no.1 but he remains No.1 in our hearts and i only hope he can maintain his remarkable levels in 2019. In the ladies game perhaps the greatest player of all time Serena come back to the tour as a mum offering us not only some exciting tennis but the greatest and most uncomfortable melt down ever seen in the US Open Final. Her upset and antics undoubtedly was important in the current world climate but it did diminish the incredible achievements of a new star Naomi Osaka as she won her first major tennis title. All sorts of drama and action kept us on the edge of our seats and i have no doubt 2019 will be just the same.

In the smaller but no less significant tennis world of the Aceplay Tennis team (significant i hope to all who came and enjoyed some court time with us) we enjoyed another fabulous year on court. A massive thank you to all who have trained, visited, enquired, played, connected via social media or like you took the time to read this blog and engage with us. Thank you a million times over, without you this is nothing.

A very happy and peaceful year to you all and i hope 2019 brings some of your hopes, dreams and wishes.

Queries over a Christmas holiday camp 2018

I have been unexpectedly and very humbly inundated with requests and queries regarding a Christmas tennis holiday camp over the school holiday’s this year. Unfortunately this is not something we have scheduled. Traditionally the time of year and weather has shaped the coaches rest and recovery timetable to include a fortnight off the tennis court over the festive period and that is the reason we are not running.

Many many thanks to you all for your interest. I am in the process of preparing the annual schedule for holidays camps in 2019, which will be posted online in early January.