On Monday 20th January three enthusiastic young tennis coaches from the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca visited Ashford Tennis Club. They gave their time to demonstrate their coaching skills to its members. It could have been Mallorca itself as the sun was shining and the sky very blue (only the temperature may have been slightly lower than Mallorca itself!). The first session of an hour and a half was enjoyed by members of the 50+ group which meets from 10-11.30am on Mondays for coaching and fun games. They were certainly put through their paces with drills and games at a somewhat faster pace than usual. However everyone enjoyed it (once they had got their breath back!) and they all said how much they had benefitted from the session. The second session in the evening was attended by over 40 juniors and team players. They also said it was a well worthwhile experience and thanked the club coach, Roger White, for organising the visit.
The club is now considering a trip to the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca where there are facilities for all to enjoy either a relaxing holiday in the sun or a sports orientated one – and where Rafa himself is seen mixing with everyone on a daily basis when he is not playing in tournaments!