David has kindly arranged for the players to have the correct footwear and has bought them trainers for the tennis over the next couple of days. All the players sit down and put on their shoes. There is a very balanced group of players which is good to see, some young and not so young and 8 females which is very important here.
The coaches start their first task to show the players round the court and it does horribly wrong. After teaching them all to always take the players round the right hand side of the net you are facing so to avoid collisions, they all forget under pressure and do their own way causing at one point 12 players and 6 coaches on one side of the B1 court. They are avoiding injury so I let them sort it out themselves,only way to learn. My confidence in them was high at the beginning of the day but this is not a good start but onwards and upwards.
We move on to first tracking progressions and the coaches nail everything perfectly, players progressing faster than expected. Only an hour in and we are flying. Time to bring the rackets out and test their tracking with hitting the ball. The B1 players are amazing, throwing themselves around the court literally, Yousef asks for his knee pads from his bag, this player came prepared, love it. It is now clear to see who is not B1 and luckily there is no one else playing on the courts because of the heat so we split the players up. 10 B1 players on 2 courts, 8 B2’s on 2 courts and 2 B3’s on the last court. This is the most amazing sight