The trip got off to a nerve wracking start when one boy arrived to check in 1 minute before the flight was closed – MJH and MDHC were both having kittens as a result. However after this initial scare the trip could not have been better. We were blessed with very good weather both for the coaching sessions 10am-12.30pm and the competitive match play 4-6pm. The coaches were very pleased with the efforts of all of the boys on court and I was delighted by how each boy competed in the afternoon.
Two awards were made to the best player of the tour Alex Webb (R,3) and to the most improved player Harri Holroyd (RT,3). Alex played so well that MDHC declared that he could become Shrewsbury School’s finest player ever. Quite a claim but his passion, talent and dedication could well see Mr Clark’s words fulfilled. As it is Alex will be playing 2nd pair for the 1st VI this season – a great achievement for a 3rd former. Perhaps for me the highlight was the rendition of gangnam style by Tom Edwards (S,4), David Clark (RB,4) and Luca Mattinson (RB,4) and this was performed as part of the hotel’s entertainment.
After a 6 day trip the 13 boys arrived back to the Manchester gloom. Thanks must go as ever to Mr Clark who helped to run the trip and enthuse the boys. I can only hope that the Easter 2015 Trip will be as enjoyable as this one.