Tennis Ladder Tournment


So what’s a tennis ladder tournament?  Tennis Clubs in Paphos don’t generally organise these.  It’s something very common in the UK. It’s a great, fun way to meet other people and have the opportunity to pitch your skills against others.  You can see yourself progressing up the ladder and if you lose a match, it doesn’t matter, you can challenge someone else and then take on the other person again when you’re ready.

Click HERE  if you wish to go straight through to sign up.

 

Sounds interesting?

OK.  So, in a tennis ladder competition, first of all, players are randomnly placed on the steps/rungs of a ladder with number one being the top and say number 10 the bottom.  Players challenge one another to a match.  In this competition, you can challenge someone up to 3 places above you. If a player wins he either stays the same (if he’s the higher ranked player) or takes the losing players place (if the loser was above him/her) loses, the player moves up or down in position on the ladder.  You can play as often or as little as you like, but you can’t challenge the same player until you have played someone else in between.

When does it start and how long does it last?

Our ladder competition is starting now and will last until 1st March 2017.  This will give you enough time to play as many matches as you like and to end with a fairly accurate ranking on the ladder.

Where and when does it take place?

There is no set location for this.  It is up to you to arrange the matches between you and your opponent where and when suits you both. After a challenge is issued, you have two weeks to play.

How do I find the ladder, see who to play & arrange a match?

Either follow the links for the individual ladders or go to http://www.playwaze.com and search for the Paphos Tennis Community.  Register, join the community and sign up for the correct ladders.  You can also download the Playwaze app to allow you to message your opponent and enter results from your mobile.

Once you are entered into the ladder tournament, you can look at the ladder and see who is up to 3 places above you.  Choose who you which to challenge and send them a message through Playwaze, or ask me for their phone number (Sacha 99 329107).

How much does it cost to enter?

It costs only 10 euros to enter and this allows you to enter up to two categories.

Is it doubles or singles?

At the moment there is just singles, but if there are enough requests for doubles then we will add doubles competitions.

Find out more?

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Sign up now for our Summer Tennis Academy


Whether your children are complete beginners, or advanced tennis players, please read on 🙂

iPAD OR EXERCISE?  That’s usually the dilemma with children.  Trying to get some of them away from their iPad or computer is almost impossible, but we all know (apart from our children) that exercise is good for us.

So, what do you do?  Do you leave them to sit in front of the computer for hours on end, or do you get them out into the fresh air?

Throughout July, we have our SUMMER TENNIS ACADEMY, which could suit your child.  It’s a great, fun sport and it is also a mental game.  So, someone who likes chess, for example, will love tennis.  So too will someone who just loves sport.  In fact tennis is for everyone, you just need the person to teach it to you in the right way ;).

Who wants to join our Summer Tennis Academy?

Who wants to join our Summer Tennis Academy?

Our Summer Tennis Academy will teach all aspects of the game from tactical, technical, mental, physical and match play.  It helps improve concentration, co-ordination, balance, fitness, self-reliance, team work and many other great things. At the same time we try to make it fun.  We want to foster a love of tennis to last throughout a lifetime.

Now, the devil is in  the details ;), so here you go.

There will be some variations due to the number of children signing up for each class, skill levels, locations etc, but the plan is:

Classes will take place at the Coral Beach Hotel or the Venus Beach Hotel, according to overall demand and schedule constraints.  Lessons will be 6-8pm, Monday to Friday, although morning slots from 8-10am may be available if there is sufficient demand for these times.

For children from 6-8 yrs old (roughly) who are using the red balls:

1 hour, twice a week   –  Euros 17 a week, Euros 60 for July

For children from 8-18 years old (roughly) who are using orange, green & maybe yellow balls:

2 hours, three times a week – Euros 50 a week, Euros 170 for July

This includes matchplay practice as well.  We usually organise a tournament at the end for everyone.This is great fun and we like to get the parents there to watch.

So, what do you think?  Will your children have fun? Do you want them to learn a really amazing sport?

Either call me on 99 329107, email me at info@sachatennisacademy.com, or click here to go to the online signup form.

See you in July!!!!

 

Bringing it on!


group 2Group 1So, the Summer Tennis Academy is finished and I’m now on my summer break.  I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make the summer tennis academy and the mini tournament such a success!  This is one satisfied Pafos Tennis Coach 🙂

So what were the results?

In the 3-4 year olds category, Eleesha won on the assault course and Phanis on the supersonic targets.

In the 5-7 year olds, Sophia won the forehand competition, Harry the rally and Ines tennis game.

The orange ball team was very competitive, with Sophia winning the assault course, Dimitris the Big Ball, Andreas the doubles, Maria the best smash and Vera the best serve.

In the Green ball competition, Vasily won the singles, Olivia taking best serve, Abby best lob, James the best dropshot, Jack the most consistent.  Joel took best backhand and most improved player.

I’d like to congratulate everyone – not just on playing really well and trying really hard, but also for their sportsmanship.  It was a pleasure to see players congratulating each other, cheering each other on and creating an amazing atmosphere.  Thanks guys!

You can see more photos on my Facebook page – follow me on http://www.facebook.com/SachaAppletonTennisAcademy.

See you in September!

Summer Tennis Academy Strikes Again!


The Summer Tennis Academy took place once again this July and several of the groups are continuing on into August.  There were four groups – Beginners & Intermediates in Kato Pafos.  The Intermediates was aimed at tournament training including some fitness.  In Coral Bay there was and Advanced Beginners and a younger Beginners class.  The aim was to either learn to play tennis or improve existing tennis significantly while having fun.  There were loads fun activities as well as technique, tactics and of course loads of match practice!  The slightly adjusted times this year worked well – it wasn’t too hot for the children or for the Paphos Tennis Coach.

Summer Tennis Academy 2013

Summer Tennis Academy 2013

There were a good mixture of nationalities, including English, Cypriot, Russian and Iranian, so there was plenty of opportunity to practice language skills.  There was also a fair balance between girls and boys.

Last Thursday, we held the wrap-up mini tournament. This was great fun with all the different groups together as well as some of my other younger pupils taking part.  There were loads of fun games and activities as well as singles and doubles matches.  The parents and some of my other pupils helped out with the umpiring and the most popular game was the one at the end – pupils vs parents – the children beat us!  We’ll never live it down!!!

Some of the Summer Tennis Academy pupils missed it though as they had already headed back home, so we hope to see them next year again!

The medal winners included:

Adv Beginners Singles – James

Beginners Singles – Vasily

Overall score Adv Beginners – Lucy

Overall score Beginners – Stefan

Highest doubles score – Demetri

Highest number of Tap-Ups Beginners – Mobin

Thanks to everyone who took part and helped to make it such a great evening! Pafos Tennis Coach

Photos can be found on my Facebook page.

Timetable up for Summer Tennis Academy


The Summer Tennis Academy in Pafos starts on the 1st July, so hurry up and book your place.  This is the 2nd year that I have done the Summer Tennis Academy and for those of you looking for a Paphos Tennis Coach or wondering what to do with the kids over the long, long summer holiday, it may be the answer.

The schedule can be found by clicking STA 2013 timetable.

The academy will be run in the same format as last year – 2 hours a day 3 times a week, with several groups (divided into playing levels)  running in Kato Pafos and Coral Bay.  There are beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate/advanced groups. The morning slot is 8-10am and the evening 6-8pm.  I’ve tried to keep the price down as low as possible, so it’s € 50 per week or € 170 for the month.  It’s running from 1st – 27th July, with the option to extend it into August if there is demand.

What happens at the Summer Tennis Academy? Well it is designed to help children really progress with their tennis, as well as having fun.  It will cover various strokes, techniques, tactics and matchplay as well as having a mini tournament at the end.  The Intermediates/Advanced group will work on tournament preparation, stroke selection and winning strategies.  If there is demand, we can add tennis fitness and sports psychology training, which will incur an extra cost.

There will be children taking part from all over the world, including some from the USA.  Places are limited, so please sign up ASAP to reserve your space.

Either call me on 99 329107, or email me on tenniscoach@squaremango.net or click through to the online registration form.

Payment is either in advance by PayPal (Sacha Appleton Tennis Academy), or on the first day of the relevant Summer Tennis Academy class.

To pay for 1 week course via PayPal click here
To pay for 2 week course via PayPal click here
To pay for 3 week course via PayPal click here
To pay for 1 month course via PayPal click here

 

Meet me at the Go Gecko Fun Day on Saturday


The what?  If you haven’t heard of it, Go Gecko is a really great outdoor fitness facility at St Georges Football ground in Peyia near the Namos cafe.  They do very different classes using tyres and other more adventurous equipment that makes for a fun way of getting fit.  Not quite as much fun as a tennis lesson with your favourite Pafos Tennis Coach of course 🙂

St Georges Go Gecko Fun DayOn Saturday 15th June, they are holding a fun day for the whole family, so why not come along?  I’ll be there, doing two TennisFit classes and you can call to arrange a short introductory lesson there on my stand. Why not?  It’s free. I will have racquets and balls there and a small net.  There will be some competitions as well.

See you there!

Summer Tennis Academy starts 1st July – sign up now!


The French Open has just been won by the undisputed King of Clay, Rafa Nadal.  I just wish I’d realised before I booked my stand at the Elea Charity Day that it was Finals Day.  I was really sad to miss it and the satellite wasn’t working there 😦  Ah, well!

So, for those of you wondering what to do with the kids over the long, long summer

End of the Summer Tennis Academy

 Summer Tennis Academy 2012

holiday, never fear.  The Summer Tennis Academy in Paphos is here! After the success of last year, I am repeating the same format – 2 hours a day 3 times a week, with several groups (divided into playing levels)  running in Kato Pafos and Coral Bay.  The morning slot is 8-10am and the evening 6-8pm.  I’ve tried to keep the price down as low as possible, so it’s € 50 per week or € 170 for the month.  It’s running from 1st – 27th July, with the option to extend it into August if there is demand.

What happens at the Summer Tennis Academy? Well it is designed to help children really progress with their tennis, as well as having fun.  It will cover various strokes, techniques, tactics and matchplay as well as having a mini tournament at the end.  If there is demand, we can add tennis fitness and sports psychology training, which will incur an extra cost.

There will be children taking part from all over the world, including some from the USA.  Places are limited, so please sign up ASAP to reserve your space.

Either call me on 99 329107, or email me on tenniscoach@squaremango.net or click through to the online registration form.

 

 

 

 

Who’s coming to watch ATL 1000 finals at Aphrodite Hills this Saturday?


Nadal & Serena are King & Queen respectively of Madrid and have now turned their attention to Rome, where Laura Robson has already caused a shock upset, beating Venus Williams in the first round.  Next up is Serena Williams 🙂

While here at home, Tennis in Cyprus is enjoying a growing popularity and the ATL amateur Tennis Tournaments in Cyprus are aimed at increasing this, the level of Tennis in general and giving everyone, from the complete beginner to coaches the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of competition.  And, at the same time, it’s friendly competition aimed at nurturing talent and maximising enjoyment.

On Saturday 18th May at 4pm at Aphrodite Hills, the two ATL 1000 finals will take place.  Jay Querns and Stefanos Charalambous will fight for the Nicosia/Pafos crown and Marios Papacharalambous & Dmitry Lazarev will again take to the hard court to do battle.  Who will win?

Come along on Saturday and find out.  Join us there for some great tennis.

Ideas for Summer Tennis Academy?


I’m just putting together my plans for this year’s Summer Tennis Academy and I am looking for ideas.  So, please, send in your thoughts ASAP.

Last year it comprised 2 hour group Tennis Lessons 3 times a week, split into the different playing levels (and ages) at Kato Pafos and Coral Bay.  The time slots would be 8-10am or 6-8pm.  It can be just for July, or also August as well.

Children from 6 years old upwards can attend.   I try to keep the price low, with a weekly and monthly price.

What do you think? Would you send your children to it?  Would you like it combined with anything else?

Knowing how to handle your child is difficult sometimes


It may be sport, or it may be exams, or anything else in life, that causes your child to break into tears at losing, or become aggressive because they have won, or have a melt-down.  They may decide they suddenly don’t want to do the one thing they really loved. Coping with pressure is something we spend our whole lives learning to do, with varying success.  What if someone could advise us how to help our children navigate through this?

On the 28th March at 17.45 at Neapolis University in Pafos, Sacha Appleton Tennis SACHA SEMINAR A4 2PP V3Academy is hosting a seminar designed to help you specifically with this.  Entitled “How to help your child succeed in sport” and lasting around 1 hour, it will be presented by Elena Avraam, a BASES and AASP accredited Sports Psychologist.  She has worked with various Welsh National Teams (including Tennis, Squash, Volleyball, Football) and currently helps AEL football team in Cyprus and several junior tennis players who are competing abroad.

The seminar will be in English, with translation into Russian and Greek, if required and will cost € 10, including refreshments.

It will be followed by a separate hour and a half presentation for competitors aimed at helping improve tennis performance (or indeed any other sport) by 15% or more.  It will tackle performing under pressure, helping you identify your weaknesses and giving you tools to handle it.  Children can attend, but must be at least 10 years old and mature enough to understand and benefit from the performance training.  The cost or this will be € 15.  There will be discounts available for those wishing to attend both seminars, or for families who wish to attend together.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  To find out more, call me on 99 329107, or email tenniscoach@squaremango.net.