Background

My name is Elliot Veale. I am 34 years old and have been keen on tennis since I was introduced to short tennis at 7 years old. I am a LTA DCA Level 3 Coach and I am child protection checked (DBS) and am first aid trained. I have been teaching tennis since the age of 19, and have coached performance players who are playing national standard tournaments and competing in America to players who are just taking their first steps on the tennis court.

I worked hard on the court and consequently gained valuable experiences in representing Devon many times, playing nationally and winning county titles for both singles and doubles. I gained a reputation for having a strong work ethic and maintained a 'cool head' under pressure. I really enjoyed the challenge. I was lucky enough to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. I have had good role models in tennis but in particular, to have my parents who were both experienced international and Olympic athletes and have inherited their sound and honest values. I realised that there is no substitute for hard work, determination together with good nutrition to improve personal performance.

Eventually, I left Devon to study at Loughborough University where I gained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Ergonomics. I was elected Hall Chair of Loughborough University and responsible for organising meetings, events for the students and fundraising to support various worthwhile charities. The following year I was voted Hall Sportsperson of the Year. My life at Loughborough was full, varied and hugely enjoyable and I put everything into gaining the full 'Loughborough Experience'.

I believe that teaching children tennis should be fun because they will learn so much more for themselves. Playing tennis allows them to experience healthy competition. Having these testing challenges is important at any age and by carefully encouraging a healthy approach, they will improve their own personal performance and self-esteem. Teaching these values to the youngsters will enhance a crucial part of their development. I also coach some of the top juniors and drawing from my personal experience I can help them achieve higher standards in their tournament match play by improving their technical, tactical and mental development.

Tennis can lay important foundations for children. Helping them maintain good health and fitness, skill development and to teach important lessons for life. It is as much about the journey as the destination.