Our Tennis Coach, Michael talks all things training, tournaments & volunteering...
We've continued our training sessions on the all-weather outdoor courts at Thistle Tennis Club on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Over the term, we've worked through a wide variety of 'open' drills which were designed to simulate scenarios that the boys might encounter during a point along with lots of competitive match practice. I believe the boys have enjoyed all these drills and games and it has allowed them to improve their skills both tactically and technically.
The boys have attended, and thoroughly enjoyed, days out to several tournaments in Edinburgh and also Glasgow. The tournaments have mostly been graded at County level, across different age categories, and has allowed the boys to play other players from the region.
While there have been individual successes and losses during these tournaments, I believe attending these events as a group has helped the boys develop a team spirit and it has been nice to see them cheering each other on. I am planning to continue to offer these opportunities to the boys in the run-up to summer as much as is possible.
Volunteering / Charitable Tennis
As well as my commitments to Merchiston, I am also very involved in disability tennis for the East of Scotland region. I run this through a program called Advantage and in November, with the help of the boys, I hosted a fundraiser that saw around 40 children, aged between 3 and 18, take part in a number of tennis sessions. The result was a great day out for the boys, new friends made, some great tennis and £380 raised for the disability tennis program. I hope to involve the boys again, school commitments permitting; I feel it's essential for them to see the benefits of tennis and sport along with the ability to empathise with others.
I do hope you enjoy the winter break and I look forward to seeing the boys back at the school in 2020.