Talent programme has Faith in bright future for starlets

Faith Coffey
Faith Coffey

BOSTON Tennis Club juniors Faith Coffey and Sam Fisher have been highlighted as stars of the future – after taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID finals.

BOSTON Tennis Club juniors Faith Coffey and Sam Fisher have been highlighted as stars of the future – after taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID finals.

Sam Fisher

Sam Fisher

The nine-year-olds were among hundreds of youngsters from across the midlands, north Wales, the north and Scotland invited to the sessions at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, after successfully progressing through county and regional Talent ID days to make the final week.

“I really look forward to Talent ID and I was really pleased to make it through the earlier rounds,” said Faith.

“The drills improve my tennis strokes and I am tested on my fitness.”

Boston West pupil Sam, who is on the LTA’s Aegon Future Stars programme, said: “The coaches at Talent ID teach us a lot.”

The day was overseen by LTA head of talent management Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw.

He said: “They have performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks testing qualities including athletic ability, co-ordination, speed and agility and a real natural talent and love for the sport.”

Funding is offered to players selected from the national Talent ID weeks and the LTA continue to monitor those players competitive level in an on-going process.

Players attending the national Talent ID days may also be asked to attend national camps at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton depending upon progress development and performance in competition throughout the year.

Those players not selected continue to receive visits from their talent performance manager, who continues to monitor their progress.

Boston men have won the Lincolnshire Veterans’ League for the first time ever.

Saturday saw Chris Cook, John Gibson, Peter Elphick and Ray Frankish earn a 6-2 win over Tealby to be crowned champions.

On their way to the title, Boston earned a draw with Grimsby, who have dominated the league since the 1990s, in addition to a draw against Grantham and wins over Boston 2 and Eastgate as well as Tealby.

Three of the vets team lined up for a fixture in the Boston and District Winter League on Sunday morning.

Peter Elphick, Chris Cook, John Gibson and Richard Tupper – Boston D – turned out to play the youngsters of Boston A – Ryan Frankish, Calum McCaig, Joe Woolley and Zac McDonnell-Woods.

Boston A took the honours, winning the deciding set.

Richard Cozens, Simon Beardsley, Peter Waterfall and Daniel Maund played for Boston E, going down 4-0 at Louth.