Wil­liams hop­ing to un­earth the next gen­er­a­tion of heroes

Lit­tle Chal­font Ten­nis club coach se­lected to be part of the Davis Cup Legacy Pro­gramme

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LIT­TLE Chal­font Ten­nis Club’s head coach Colin Wil­liams will help search for the next gen­er­a­tion of Davis Cup heroes af­ter be­ing head­hunted by the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion.

Wil­liams has been se­lected by the gov­ern­ing body of the sport in Bri­tain to be part of the Davis Cup Legacy Pro­gramme, de­signed to in­tro­duce the next gen­er­a­tion of young play­ers to ten­nis.

The hon­our is recog­ni­tion for the way he has trans­formed Lit­tle Chal­font since step­ping in as their coach three-and-a-half years ago.

In that pe­riod, adult mem­ber­ship has risen by 30 per cent, but it is among young peo­ple Wil­liams’ in­flu­ence has been felt most keenly, with ju­nior mem­ber­ships ris­ing a stag­ger­ing 80 per cent.

Club sec­re­tary Jean Kelly be­lieves it is Wil­liams’ ca­pac­ity to pass on his in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm for the sport to all and sundry, and young­sters in par­tic­u­lar, which has brought him to the at­ten­tion of the game’s top brass.

She said: “Colin has the abil­ity to in­volve and en­gage with ev­ery­one he en­coun­ters at just the right level, whether it’s wel­com­ing new faces at an open day, work­ing with who­ever turns up to Satur­day ‘Pay and Play’ or coach­ing ju­nior teams,” she said.

“He is equally able to coach adults re­turn­ing to ten­nis at­tend­ing his ‘Rusty Rack­ets’ ses­sions, as well as coach­ing mem­bers of the club’s com­pet­i­tive teams.”

Colin’s en­thu­si­asm and out­stand­ing suc­cess is demon­strated by the Bucks LTA’s reg­u­larly com­pet­ing juniors leader­board, where Lit­tle Chal­font, though a rel­a­tively small club, reg­u­larly comes sec­ond in the whole county.

Wil­liams has at­tended a train­ing ses­sion run by Davis Cup cap­tain Leon Smith and other se­nior LTA staff to pre­pare him to de­liver a free six-week coach­ing course called ‘Ten­nis For Kids’, which will run at Lit­tle Chal­font Ten­nis Club in June af­ter the sum­mer half-term.

To book a place on the course, or for more in­for­ma­tion, please visit http://ten­n­is­forkids.org.uk/ Colin Wil­liams Coach­ing.

Hon­oured: Head coach of Lit­tle Chal­font Ten­nis Club Colin Wil­liams and Leon Smith

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