Junior World Padel Championship
The Sotogrande International School students who have been selected to represent Great Britain in the next Junior World Padel Championships have been spending much of this long hot summer holiday working hard in preparation for the Championship in October.
Frankie Batt – Team Captain
Sotogrande International School D2 student and GB Junior Padel Team captain, Frankie Batt spent the early part of the summer earning his British Padel coaching qualifications. He has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of the British Padel “Padel Coaching Qualification (PCQ)” and is now recognized as a fully qualified Padel coach.
Frankie, working closely with GB head coach Mauri Andrini, is already putting his coaching qualifications to good use by helping to prepare the GB Junior Padel Team for the World Junior Padel Championship, which will be held in October, in Malaga.
La Reserva Club
The GB Junior Padel Team has been training on the brand new padel courts at La Reserva Club, Sotogrande, which have kindly been donated to the GB team by La Reserva Club as it prepares for the Junior Padel Championship, which takes place in October in Malaga.
The GB Junior Padel team will be holding a whole team training clinic at La Reserva Club later in August, but in the meantime Frankie has been coaching fellow Sotogrande International School students, Ben Burgess, Tilly Payne and Charlotte Brian.
Helping the younger players
Frankie has already represented Great Britain in three world championships – last time in the adult competition. “It is a great honour to represent our country at the World Championships,” said Frankie. “I am trying to use my experience from previous World Championships, together with my coaching qualifications to help the younger SIS players like Ben, Tilly and Charlotte to perform to at the highest level they can.”
The GB Junior Padel Team members have also been playing in as many matches and tournaments as they can during the summer, to try to get used to working together and to improve their match tactics, under Frankie’s watchful eye. “Playing in competitions will improve their game, but it will also help them cope with the pressure of playing against the best in the world,” added Frankie.