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.

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.

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.

Winter time tennis coaching in London – It’s minus out here but we’re smiling

The best thing about loving your job is that whatever the environment throws up you adapt!! This week the Winter has been biting hard for us outdoor tennis coaches in London and whilst it never ceases to amaze me how the kids turn up in shorts and T-shirts (only then to realise how blooming freezing it is) we cater, adjust and adapt.

Last night (see photo above) it was a biting cold night but for Matteo and myself. But despite these elements the end of term Friday evening tennis group tournament was as fun as always. The kids bring their warm spirits and love for the game onto court with them and it is infectious. Happy coaches and happy kids is a great formula for any tennis coaching session.

The worst part of being a tennis coach during the winter – sunny sky but frozen tennis courts!

There’s nothing worse than waking to blue skies and sun before realising that the temperature is close to zero. Leaving for work this morning took longer than usual. Not just because putting on five layers of clothing is a chore itself but then waiting in the car for the engine to warm up and defrost the ice enough to drive.

It is a beautiful sparkling sunny day over North London. Finchley was glowing with the frost but i had not anticipated the tennis courts being unplayable. It is the first time this morning and by the time i had WhatsApp’d the morning group they had turned up. Sadly we had to abandon play but not before we tried and agreeing that ice skates are needed!

Rest and Recovery – An essential part of sport and training

As it was my son’s birthday I’ve just had most of the weekend off the tennis court. After a four hour shift of training on Saturday morning I came home, collected my son and we went to the Emirates Stadium in Islington to watch our beloved Arsenal FC. What a treat for us both and whilst it wasn’t the best performance against Huddersfield we managed a 1-0 win. It made me think about the physical endeavours on the Arsenal team (three intense top level matches in 6 days) as showing up on the pitch and thinking about the importance of rest and recovery to help keep the performance levels we would want and hope to achieve.

Feeling refreshed after the change of scenery I can report on the essential inclusion of some rest to aid recovery as a tennis coach and for my tennis players. Including proper downtime off the court, whatever the player’s level is so important. The demands of learning, training, thinking, understanding and processing what is being passed on takes mental energy and this energy can only be found through good eating, rest and having fun off the court!!! Make sure you schedule some in.