August 16, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea tennis academy's players
of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy have enjoyed
more great results this month.
Its players have taken part in the Clevedon Tennis Tournament
where the standard is always very high in the younger age groups.
Since Clevedon feeds into the major Bristol tennis centres, getting
good results here is a real achievement.
The academy entered two boys in the 'orange ball group' (8/9
years old), Harry Burrows from Burnham and Dominic Boardman from
There were ten boys in two groups of five, played as a round
robin and both had rather shaky starts but improved with every
Harry reached the semi-finals before losing to the very talented
Ben Rogers from Avon while Dominic played the best tennis we have
ever seen and reached the final and won in three great sets against
was no mean feat as Ben is one of the top orange ball players
in the area and trains many hours a week, and is physically much
Dominic showed huge resilience and excellent technique in dealing
with such a powerful opponent - and was justifiably thrilled with
Paul Maggs, head coach at Clevedon and a former top British top
ten player, presented the trophy. Dominic joined the academy last
September and also trains at Weston Tennis Club, where Jamie Allen
is head coach.
The first week in August also saw the Torbay Open, the biggest
tournament in the country being held. Although it is a Grade 3
county level tournament, its popularity attracts many top county
and national level players.
Torquay Tennis Club is yards away from the beach and the many
attractions of Torquay, so many players and their families are
happy to spend the week there, and the atmoshere at the club brings
out the best in everyone.
It covers all age groups from under 8s to adults, with over 500
entries playing over 1,100 matches in a week. This year, Harry
Burrow (9) and sister Ellen (7) entered for the first time along
with Burnham's Megan Rundle (8).
Harry encountered some of the country's top orange ball players
and did well to win several matches but didn't make it out of
the boxes this time but little sister Ellen and Megan were outstanding
in the girl's under 8s redball tournament and faced each other
in the final where Ellen's determination and true grit saw her
emerge the winner against a much bigger and powerful opponent.
She was over-the-moon with the big trophy she received, hardly
believing she had really won!
has only been with the Nathan Edwards Academy for about three
months, along with brother Harry. Parents Kevin and Mandy have
said they are very impressed with the coaching the children have
received and are surprised by the rapid improvement they have
They both attend the academy's two group sessions each week and
have individual lessons, Ellen with performance coach Jamie Allen
and Harry with academy coach Greg Kyd. Megan Rundle is coached
by Avenue Tennis Club coaches but attends the group training sessions
with the academy.
Academy high flyer Oliver Punt (9) was recently accepted into
the qualifying round for one of the top national tournaments in
Twenty top boys aged 9 and under were automatically entered into
the main draw with another 20 boys all considered good enough
to play national level competing for a further four places.
was an achievement just to compete at this level and Oliver won
three of his four matches so only narrowly missed making it into
the main draw.
Oliver and equally talented brother Thomas (7) are taking a break
at present but are shortly expecting a visit from Dan Fella -
the new Somerset and Dorset Talent Co-ordinater as they have both
been identified as talented with Thomas being one only three boys
in the whole of the south-west to achieve a Grade A from the recent
talent ID Day and the only one in Somerset to achieve that level
in two years.
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and companies and Chairman Sally Edwards can be contacted via