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Make Learning Stick – Part 2

Stephens and Keys send a message to every girl on court!

Posted by Mike Barrell on  September 10, 2017

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Having spent the last week up until the early hours of the morning watching the open I left the Women’s final with an unexpected message. I have always been a huge fan of the Women’s Tour. The unpredictability of matches and my British love of an underdog means it appeals much more to me that the men’s side, but even I could not have predicted

The First Principle of Coaching Girls – Build Trust – Excerpt from the GTN Manual

Posted by Mike Barrell on  August 7, 2017

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Being a child means that you come with a range of needs that are individual to you. Being secure means that you will be prepared to express yourself, be creative and start to connect. If you are a young girl this puts you in a male dominated world where most people are bigger than you.

Now think about the environments and places where

Are you really listening? – The first skill in coaching! Girls Tennis Network

Posted by Mike Barrell on  August 3, 2017

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The words of a child are a gift and their value should not be underestimated. They help us to develop a greater understanding of who they are and what motivates them. They allow us to open the door to learning and help a child to reach their potential as a player and a person. That is if you know how to really listen. In a world where words

Where am I? Why where you are changes what you need! – Girls Tennis Network

Posted by Mike Barrell on  July 30, 2017

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Understanding the Participation Pathway As part of the GTN Workshop we discuss the participation pathway. As we don’t like to badge children at a young age it’s something we are big believers in, and it’s particularity relevant to girls. We don’t use terms like performance or recreational. Instead we look at their commitment and love of the game as an indicator of their recommended program. The tennis

Learn before you teach! Six principles to opening the door when teaching girls!

Posted by Mike Barrell on  July 13, 2017

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There are many reasons that we started the journey that led us to creating Girls Tennis Network. Being a coach, father of a daughter, and boyfriend, I have come to realize that the only thing I am 100% sure of in this world is that in all those roles I have so much to learn. The challenge is often not what I know but acknowledging what

The 6 Moments of Truth – Parenting a Tennis Kid!

Posted by Mike Barrell on  September 25, 2016

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parentsHit the web and you will find a lot of articles. posts and clips about tennis, and sports, parents. Most will bemoan the involvement of parents and create lists of rules that parents should follow. The theme is usually, Parents create pressure and pressure is bad for kids, so do these these things. We would like to take a different approach! So shoe on the other foot

Learn to Love the Battle – Little Court Warriors

Posted by Mike Barrell on  September 23, 2016

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Yandroid-dice-home-screenou know that point in an arm wrestle when two evenly matched opponents seem to always get to. The part where their arm starts to shake and you know they are in for the long haul. Loving that part is the nature of being a great competitor and if you love this part the chances are you will like the challenges that tennis brings. For young kids this part

It’s All Their Fault!

Posted by Mike Barrell on  September 19, 2016

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own-your-storyDear Tennis Coach, Just in case you need to complain, here is a list of things you can blame for the lack of development in the global tennis market.

  • Computers, phones and online gaming
  • Equipment
  • Finances
  • Parents
  • Facilities
  • Government investment
  • Competition from other sports
  • Officials
  • Tennis Federations
  • Manufacturers
  • TV Coverage
  • Busy lives
  • Tournaments

Venting over? Now look at these as tennis player would! These are

All Hail The Warrior – Lessons for kids from Angie Kerber

Posted by Mike Barrell on  September 11, 2016

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angie-kerber-2By Winning the US Open at 28 Angie Kerber could not be further away from Tracy Austin’s victory at 16 in 1979. Having her best year ever and hitting World Number One in the age of Serena says something about the German with that slightly weird lefty forehand. She is a worker, at 5’8” she is hardly the tallest of players too and this just adds to the

Blame my Brother! Or my Sister! Or Both!

Posted by Mike Barrell on  August 28, 2016

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birth-order 2This week I was asked to give a presentation to parents at the Winston Salem Open. (I mention the WSO as it’s a really great event and I would encourage you to put the date in your diary for 2017 if you live East Coast of the US). The mission was to give parents advice and an little more insight into the competitive process, how their

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