At the beginning of the Easter holidays 15 students, from Fourth Form to Lower Sixth, travelled to Paphos accompanied by Ms Edwards, Mr Bullen and Miss Airey on the annual Cyprus pre-season tennis trip.
We spent five days training on the red clay courts, enjoying the wonderful Cyprian climate. The training sessions were hard work at times, combining high intensity on-court fitness with technical and tactical training.
The very relaxed and friendly atmosphere made each and every session a pleasure. With the morning sessions focusing on technique and the afternoon sessions with match play practice, the days flew by! In-between training, we all enjoyed lovely lunch breaks by the swimming pool with most students brave enough to take a dip in the rather cool water!
However, it was not just the on-court training that made this trip so enjoyable; the food was delicious, the weather was stunning, and the evenings were busy with card games and charades – often resulting in the students vs teachers competition of ‘Heads Up’!
On the last day everyone took part in a tournament, with some terrific tennis played and improvement shown by everyone. With an exceptionally close semi-final match between Finlay R and William C, crowds gathered to watch the final between William and reigning champion George N. Strong serving and ground strokes from William combined with counter attack returns and flawless drop shots by George led to some amazing rallies, which in the end resulted in victory for George for the second year running. Special mention also goes to Isabella S for being awarded 'Most Improved Player'.
This was one of the best trips during my time at Lancing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a passion for tennis.
Yana M, Lower Sixth Form