How tennis can improve children’s confidence

This week is Schools Fitness Week, and I’d like to share another story with you all about the way I’ve seen sport positively affecting children’s lives.

Here’s Ella’s story.

From Ella’s Mum and Dad

Ella Glanville’s Story

“Our daughter Ella, aged 10, has been part of EBAT since Summer 2013. She was asked to attend some squad training sessions after EBAT came to their school. Ella was a shy girl and also struggled to maintain focus on specific tasks at school.

Ella attended these sessions and little did we know at the time how much her and our life was going to change to revolve around tennis!

She is now a confident, sociable, headstrong, determined, and focussed girl and EBAT/tennis has been a huge contributor toward these life skills. EBAT is an integral part of her daily life. She absolutely adores tennis.

Ella in action

From attending three training sessions a week, and doing the odd competition here and there not caring if she won or lost, she is now training eight times a week and playing in high level competitions almost every fortnight, including qualifying and competing in National competitions putting the top 16 girls countrywide against each other and is always proud to wear her EBAT shirt in these tournaments.

She always enjoys attending tennis training sessions, and it’s our opinion that this has been due to Nino, Chris, Jamie, Laura, Bally and the other EBAT coaches ,along with the influence that Bally had on Ella.

Bally is Ella’s sporting idol and has inspired her to want to play in the Olympics and Wimbledon just like Elena. (along with her other Tennis favourites such as Serena Williams, and Ana Ivanovic).

Bally at the 2012 Olympic games

EBAT has also brought Ella opportunities to meet other tennis icons, such as allowing training sessions with Judy Murray, Louis Cayer, Leon Smith, Laura Robson, Anne Keothavong and also the chance be a mascot to lead out Ana Ivanovic in the Aegon ladies final in Birmingham.

The training from the coaches is always enthusiastic, structured and organised, and they make it enjoyable, disciplined, focused and tailored for each child’s ability level.
We have seen a rapid improvement in Ella’s ability over the last three years, and look forward to many more years of training from the EBAT coaches.

Ella during a Yonex event day, having fun with the giant Yonex racket

From a parents point of view EBAT has a huge impact on our daily life, as usually every day we are doing something to do with tennis, or traveling around the country to various competitions visiting new places.

From a social point of view we have made some great friends through EBAT who regularly meet up for social events and also discuss fundraising ideas to help keep EBAT running.

In short, our lives would be empty without EBAT/tennis

Ella having fun with Judy Murray our Patron and Anne Keothavong our Ambassador at the LTA National Training centre

Stories like this are so uplifting and it’s a pleasure to share them with you.
Nino Severino – Learn Play Grow Founder



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