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Welcome to Courtside

My name is Andy and more often than not I'm to be found courtside watching my son Elijah playing the sport he loves; tennis. It's this weekly pilgrimage, coffee in hand, which led me to create the Courtside Podcast.

Courtside is a series of conversations exploring the journey sport-parents go on as we support our children in the sport they love.

Through Courtside you’ll hear from Players, Parents, Coaches and experts in the fields of sports science and adolescent development in order that as Courtside Parents we can create a positive courtside environment, meaning that our children flourish through the culture we create around the sport that they love.

So, how's your courtside culture?

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Sep 4, 2018

Alan Jones has coached 33 British players who've played at Wimbledon, 7 British #1 Women players and 1 Man plus Jo Durie former World number 5 and winner of 2 Grand Slam Mixed Titles.

He played mixed doubles at Wimbledon and has been a stalwart for Middlesex County Tennis in Group 1 County Week for over 20 years.

In this no holds barred episode (with a few expletives..sorry mother), we'll explore: 

  • The journey of the young tennis playing apprentice 
  • Whether parents have a vision of who their daughter or son could become and...
  • Finding the drive from within

This is a fantastic conversation with one of the UK's leading coaches who's track record shows that there's so much we can learn from him as Courtsiders. 

For us, we were left thinking; "about the inner drive that's needed by a player more than the external push."

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All the best

Andy and Catherine Burns