Williams hoping to unearth the next generation of heroes
Little Chalfont Tennis club coach selected to be part of the Davis Cup Legacy Programme
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