April 12, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea tennis player meets legend Pat Cash
of the talented youngsters at Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards
Academy has just met his famous tennis hero.
Young Oliver Punt, who recently won the invitation-only Masters
final of the Tony Pryce Orange County Tour, met sporting legend
Pat Cash, as pictured here.
has already achieved the highest rating at orange ball level and
has won a number of county tournaments and is now looking to enter
Oliver was "delighted" to meet the former Wimbledon
champion at the Albert Hall while watching the Masters tour where
he also got a chance to have a quick word with Mr Cash and told
him all about the academy.
He is one of the youngsters who regularly attends the academy,
which is based at King Alfred Sports Centre but is also running
an extra mid-week session at Weston Tennis Club where performance
coach Jamie Allen has been appointed head coach.
Sally Edwards, who formed the academy in memory of her late son
Nathan, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the group now has
the strongest group of orange ball players aged under nine anywhere
in the county other than Taunton.
younger brother Thomas is also showing some outstanding talent
aged just six.
He is already Red 1 rated in the eight and under group and won
seven matches to reach the final of a red ball county tournament
in Bristol, and has been winning against boys two years older
Both Oliver and Thomas have caught the eyes of regional scouts
and their results in physical skills tests put them in the top
15% in the whole of the UK.
Dave Kirby, a talent ID coordinator for Somerset and Dorset,
hailed Thomas as "extraordinary" and picked him out
as the one to watch.
players Dominic Boardman, Jonnie Bougourd, Matthew Phillips and
Hugo Larkin are also showing signs of real promise, as is the
latest youngster to join the group, James Coogan.
Alice Davies from Lympsham is impressing with her strength and
growing ability, Callum Haines is doing well, and Tom Holder is
also regularly attending.
The group has recently said goodbye to 12-year-old Courtney Parsons
who had been with the academy since its launch in June 2008 and
has represented Somerset every year in County Cup matches.