Changing lives through tennis – Lewis Hind

This week is Schools Fitness Week, and I wanted to share some stories with you about how we’ve seen sport positively affect children’s lives. Here’s Lewis’s story.

Lewis Hind

Lewis’ mum wrote to us about how he had developed through the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT). She said;

“Lewis joined the EBAT Academy in September 2014 at the age of six.  He has always loved sports and it was not long before he was asking to increase his squads so he could spend more time with his new friends.

“The coaching has been set to strike the right balance between having fun and teaching the players discipline and respect which is a great foundation not only for sports but for life in general.

Lewis Hind EBAT
Lewis in action at one of his training sessions

“He has formed a great passion for the sport and was thrilled to enter his first tournament after being with the academy for only a few months. Not long after turning seven, he was nominated by the Academy to attend a county fun day which he followed up again 6 months later where he was then asked to attend the LTA Regional training camps, getting a day off school every 6-8 weeks to travel to Hertfordshire for the training.

Lewis attending a training session with Great Britain U14 boys captain Nick Brown


“Every year the Academy has a Christmas party to celebrate the achievements of the players, it is a great occasion with parents, children and coaches getting together in a relaxed environment to have some fun. Lewis has been lucky enough to have received the best new player in his first year and more recently player of the year for the Academy.

Lewis receiving his shield at the annual award

“Nino and the team around him have lots of experience which they readily share with the children, as well as providing many unique experiences such as the opportunity to attend a training session at the National Training Centre with Anne Keothavong and clay court training in London.

“Last summer Lewis was given the fantastic opportunity to be a mascot in the men’s final at Queens where he went out on to court with Andy Murray as he won another Queens tournament. That was an unbelievable experience for a seven year old and something he will never forget.

Lewis with some of the many friends he has made in tennis


“It is now coming up to two years since Lewis’s first day at the Academy, his passion for the sport has increased and he is now training around 8 hours a week and regularly entering tournaments. The atmosphere at the Academy and the support they provide has helped him to develop and become a more confident and outgoing child.”

Lewis with some of his second tennis family

We couldn’t be happier to have Lewis in the Academy!

Nino Severino – Learn Play Grow Founder



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