After the success of old Amesburian Jodie Burrage in Dubai a matter of weeks ago, it was a great pleasure to have one of her old coaches and former British number one visit us. Lucie Ahl along with ex-professional Danny Sapsford visited Amesbury to put our Year 5-8s through their paces and find the next star, all while promoting a fantastic cause. It was a great experience for all the participants to not only be coached by but also ask questions to some of Britain’s top professionals and understand how to take their game to the next level.
Danny and Lucie, while not only bestowing information on our young tennis aces, were also promoting their fundraising event, a 24-hour tennis marathon, which Amesbury are one of only 12 school’s participating. Eight of Amesbury’s own children will be raising money for the ‘I Play 30’, a disability tennis programme aimed at getting more people with learning difficulties into tennis. They have the opportunity to travel to the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton later this year and joining the 24-hour marathon and play with hand-picked Ex Davis cup players and professionals.
While a 24-hour marathon seemed mind-boggling to many, the 2-hour session was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 6 lucky children who worked especially hard on the day received t-shirts to commemorate the day. We were thrilled to have had Lucie and Danny come to Amesbury and give our children a taste of what the future of their tennis could hold.
Josh – Amesbury Tennis Academy Coach