Tennis Training in Sunny Portugal

Tennis Training in Sunny Portugal

10 Fourth Formers and 11 Fifth Formers travelled to a tennis training camp in Val do Lobo, Portugal over the Easter holidays. They enjoyed blue skies and warm weather throughout the five-day trip as Mr Steve McQuitty, Head of Tennis, kept a short diary of their activities.

Day 1

We enjoyed lunch at the Tennis Centre, before spending the afternoon having a coaching session. Everyone is in good form, but all are looking forward to an early night, given how early the start was this morning!

Day 2

Not wishing to gloat too much, but the weather has been fantastic today: a blue sky and sun has kept a smile on everyone's faces! We enjoyed a serving session this morning, with Emily Drysdale (4th, W) and Jaime Carter (5th, A) sharing the 'Player of the Day' award. We sang an enthusiastic rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to Chris Warner at lunch. This evening, all are currently watching the France v England match and are looking forward to Mrs Faulkner's Quiz Night tomorrow.

Day 3

We've had another enjoyable day, with good weather and plenty of tennis. This morning's coaching session focused on the backhand, and Poppy Pearey (4th, Ch) was awarded the 'Player of the Day' bib.

The pupils then enjoyed some time off court either side of lunch, with Fifth Formers impressively continuing with GCSE revision and those in the Fourth Form opting for a swimming pool/jacuzzi combination. All players were involved in a triangular tournament this afternoon with Marlborough and Tonbridge, which was a great success.

Day 4

This morning the theme for the training session was net play and we were, once again, treated to fine weather. The pupils have all worked hard to improve their skills over the past four days, culminated in match play this afternoon. Tonight we all enjoyed a BBQ, exhibition matches involving Tabitha Burt (5th, A) and Emily Drysdale (4th, W) and some karaoke. Rose Jones (5th, Q) was the 'Player of the Day'.


Day 5

Another day of blue sky and sun greeted us early on arrival at the Tennis Centre this morning and the pupils enjoyed their final session of the tour. Phil (the lead coach from 5 Star Tennis Holidays) awarded the 'Most improved player' prize to Bella Barber (4th, A) and 'Player of the tour' to Martha Elliot (5th, W).

Your sons and daughters have been fantastic ambassadors for College; they are polite, respectful, engaging and enthusiastic to learn more about tennis. All of the external coaches have commented on how well behaved and pleasant our pupils are. Thank you for supporting the tour - I think it's been a great success; revision has been started, we've been blessed with great weather, the food has been excellent and all have improved their standard of tennis.

Mr Steve McQuitty, Head of Tennis

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