Last week saw the annual Triangular Camp & Trophy at Newquay’s Heron Tennis Centre. The annual event brought together junior teams from TC Steinbach (Frankfurt, Germany), Set Point Tennis Academy (London) and Heron for a week long’s tennis programme.
The event follows Heron's annual trip to Germany when a team of our best young players flew out to base at TC Steinbach for clay court training before competing in a regional tournament. The team of Harry Wilmot, Will Hare, Archie Mallett, Rory Duncan and Jake Moore were hosted by players and families of TC Steinbach, and led by Heron's Head Pro Matt Trudgeon. The trip provided invaluable match experience, plus it provided the young players with the opportunity to travel without parents and to stay with host families.
PHOTO: left to right, Jake Moore, Rory Duncan, Will Hare, Archie Mallett and Harry Wilmott. Inline image
The Triangular week then gave the returning team and many other boys and girls aged between 11 and 16 years from Heron, the chance to host their German and London guests. The busy week included on and off court activities including: beach runs, tennis and fitness drills and coaching, team games, practice singles and doubles matches and a surfing lesson.
A new feature of this year’s programme was a trip to Perranporth Tennis Club where many of the players got to play on grass courts for the first time. The group also went to Retallack Aqua Park on the penultimate day organised by some of our hosting families. PHOTO: Katarina (TC Steinbach) in one of the morning drills sessions. Inline image Inline image
PHOTO: The German, London and Heron players after their grass-court practices.
The final day traditionally features the Triangular Trophy when the three teams face off in singles and doubles matches to see which team would claim the trophy. This year’s event was won by the Germans of TC Steinbach: Alex, Robert, Noah, Konrad, Mara, Katarina, Max and Jess, the stand-in German!
Following the Triangular Trophy matches, the hosting parents joined juniors and coaches for the Pro-Am Doubles Competition, which was won by Karen. Other award winners were: Max (TC Steinbach) for the Fastest Serve, the Most Improved Player was Robert (TC Steinbach), and the Gordon Birt Award (awarded to the player displaying the best attitude and effort) was presented to Aimee (Heron).
PHOTO: Heron's Triangular team, left to right, Harry Melville, Ethan Lusty, Will Hare, Loki Newton, Jake Moore, Elijah Ashmore, Annie Watson, Aimee Brown, Jess Brown and Harry Wilmott.
And so ended another great week of tennis, off court activities and fun times with friends! Now Heron's busy summer programmes for juniors and adults continues: Junior Camps (half and full day options); Thursday night beginners coaching; Monday and Wednesday night social doubles (coach-organised); Tuesday mornings Super Seniors tennis sessions; Monday morning and Friday evening adult sessions and Team Training; Saturday and Sunday Fun Club Mornings; and Sunday morning Parent & Toddlers. Plus, our Thursday wheelchair tennis sessions and Saturday morning inclusive tennis sessions. Heron, its Courtside Café and all its sessions are open to non-members so everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact Heron on 01637 877555, visit us at www.heron-tennis.co.uk, find us on Facebook: Heron Tennis and Ace Tennis Coaching & Academy, or pop in to reception to see us in Trenance Leisure Park next to Newquay Zoo.
STOP THE PRESS..... Annie shines on the grass courts of Perranporth!
Annie Watson (a member of the Heron Tennis and its Ace Academy) recently qualified for the National Road to Wimbledon Under 14 girls event to be held on the prestigious grass courts of Wimbledon. She becomes Heron and Ace Academy's third player to reach the national finals, following in the footsteps of Tad Maclean and Lauren Norton. Annie defeated 3 players from Cornwall in the county event held at Perranporth Tennis Club.
She qualified comfortably without dropping a set and beat Martha Marney (Perranporth Tennis Club) in the final. Annie will now compete against some of the country’s top players in August at SW19! Before then, Annie's training will continue with extra sessions on the grass courts of Perranporth Tennis Club, plus competitions in Birmingham and Loughborough.
PHOTO: left to right, Annie Watson and Martha Marney.
If you are interested in helping sponsor some of our most aspiring, committed and potentially world-ranked players to allow them to travel to compete further afield, please contact us on 01637 877555.