New Hall School students in Years 7-9 were treated to an invaluable coaching session led by the coaching team from the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca. The coaches from Spain led a fantastic session, which focused on improving movement, shot consistency and maintaining a good contact point.
The Academy, which was created by Rafael Nadal along with his coach Toni Nadal, believes that modern tennis and tennis of the future is played first with the ‘eyes’, then with the ‘mind’, next with the ‘legs’ and finally with the ‘hands’. The Academy applied training systems geared in this direction, combining them with the skills that have brought success to Nadal throughout his professional career, such as mobility, a winning spirit, intensity (during training and competition), concentration and a competitive mentality.
The coaching team did an effective job of instilling strong values which are evident within the world number one’s game to the students and stressed the importance of being fair and benevolent on court. The inspirational session also provided the students with an insight into what life is like at the world-class training centre and how hard they must continue to work to keep improving their game.
Head of Tennis, Mark Simpson-Crick, commented on the session: “This was a unique experience for our young tennis players, who impressed the academy’s coaching staff with their diligence and impeccable behaviour. The session was extremely informative and provided our team players with lots of useful ways in which they can improve both their defensive and attacking aspects of their game. I am sure that all of our students and coaching staff will be supporting Rafael Nadal over the next two weeks in the Australian Open, as he looks to equal Roger Federer’s record of twenty grand slam titles!”
Alongside a successful academic programme, New Hall School provides excellent facilities and training for budding sports stars and a fantastic music and performing arts provision. The Catholic boarding and day school for students aged 1-18 has a distinctive ‘diamond model structure’ and a strong ethos of pastoral care, which supports students in their endeavours, allowing them to achieve success in a wide variety of fields.