Current Focus of the All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust
It is intended that the Trust will benefit many young people in the borough of Wandsworth showing significant promise in their ability to play tennis without sufficient parental financial means to take it to a higher level without the help of the Trust. The Trust is currently focusing on high performance training sessions with leading coaches for our most promising prospects. In 2013, the trustees have concentrated our resources on the coaching and development of six children that we have identified as being particularly suitable to be beneficiaries of the Trust. All these children have shown high levels of ability and a strong desire to be champions. Their enthusiasm for additional high performance coaching and development funded by the Trust, that would be difficult for their parents to afford without our help, has endorsed our commitment.
The following comments provide some details on the focus of the activities undertaken by the coaches involved together with comments from the children and their parents on how they have benefited from the work of the Trust.
Ben Jackson, an All Star coach and one of the trustees, has given Deji weekly one-to-one coaching sessions. He has taught a diverse range of technical, physical and mental tennis skills. This has covered such aspects as strength, speed, agility, focus, concentration, attitude, ambition, technique and even included some of Ben’s specialist knowledge in warm-up, stretching and breathing exercises.
"Deji has a good temperament, is learning well and his technique has improved. All in all, he has made great progress."
“All of the sessions that I have attended through the All Star Tennis Trust are great and help all of your tennis skills. You are never standing still. The sessions are very intense and you can be free and creative, improving your game using all learnt skills in tournaments and matches, eventually you can beat your parents.”
“The All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust has provided my son with the tools, support and conducive environment needed to enable him to develop his tennis. This has come in the form of one-to-one and group tennis coaching, group fitness/agility coaching as well as the provision of court time and accessibility. These have all been instrumental in his tennis growth and development providing firm foundations upon which to build. Such a positive group of professionals dedicated to identifying and nurturing young talent.”
Wale` Thomas, father of Deji Thomas-Smith
Beau and Rise Chambati-Woodhead
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience of the All Star Tennis Trust and much appreciated it. It was a great moment when I got into the program and even greater when my coaching started. So far I have worked on all aspects of my game and have improved greatly overall as a player which has therefore improved my rating and tournament status. The coaches are very friendly and helpful and have also helped me in many different aspects of my game; I know that if I ever need any help, there are always coaches willing to help me. Another great aspect of the program that has recently been introduced is playing at the N.T.C as that has given us great facilities and motivation for future play. I would like to give a special thank you to Nick, Will, Matt, Ben White, Ben Jackson and Sean who have all either given me help personally to my game or to the program. I would also like to add that I am greatly looking forward to all upcoming lesson and fixtures.”
“At the All Star Tennis Trust, I have had absolutely amazing coaching from many different coaches; I can tell the trustees have worked very hard to get this for me. I think all the coaches and people connected to the Trust are all really nice and helpful. With the Trust my game has really improved and I have had a really enjoyable time. I would love next year to be the same.”
“Speaking both for my two boys and also myself I would like to say a few words about the last year since Beau and Rise have been supported and coached by the All Star Tennis Scholarship Trust. We are so pleased to be a part of the trust squad and both boys have benefited hugely from the years work. There has been a lot of work undertaken by trustees, coaches and administrators and we would like to thank them all. The coaching with Nick Jones has examined the boys technical strengths and weaknesses and has changed the fundamentals of their game from the basis of his knowledge and experience at the top levels of the game and his patience and commitment has really paid off in the step up that is apparent in both Beau, Rise and the rest of the regular squad members game. The generosity of everyone involved including the administrators and the trustees is really appreciated and the squad has both grown and continues to expand and develop with clay court sessions at the National Tennis Centre and the fitness programme in the Nature Centre. We would like to also thank specifically the two Ben's (Jackson and White) for their initiative and commitment; Sean Molony for heading up the Trustees and putting in so much time, and everyone involved for generating such a great spirit at both the Trust squads and at the All Star Wandsworth Common centre throughout the year. We are looking forward to the next year with all the challenges and successes that it may bring to the whole squad as it moves forward.”
Michael Chambati-Woodhead, father of Beau and Rise
The Trust supports Iman Garshong in her tennis development. Iman receives regular squad training sessions each week as part of an intensive program at Dukes Meadows. The Trust funds individual lessons for Iman to further enhance her development and this is proving to be highly beneficial. She also attends the weekly dedicated fitness session run by the Trust.