Heather & The Heroes Of Tomorrow In London
Published December 06, 2012 12:00
LONDON, England - Following a whirlwind end of the season that saw her become the first Brit in 24 years to win a WTA title, Heather Watson is back on the court again - but this time for a special, non-competitive event.
On Friday, Watson - joined by former British tennis star Tim Henman, will be stepping out onto the court at Royal Albert Hall for the Statoil Masters Tennis Heroes Of Tomorrow coaching clinic, passing on her expertise to some of Britain's promising young talents. The Heroes Of Tomorrow initiative supports young people across the country in sport, culture and education.
"This sport has given me so much, and partnering with Statoil to support Heroes Of Tomorrow will allow me the opportunity to help other children get involved, learn to play tennis and gain some great life experiences," Watson said.
Statoil's John Knight commented: "Statoil are proud to sponsor a talented young sportswoman like Heather who is just at the beginning of an exciting career. We hope that our support can play a small part in Heather's future success and that other youngsters will be inspired by her hard work and commitment."
The children in the program receive coaching around the UK from Give It Your Max, for which Henman and WTA legend Virginia Wade are patrons.
"Getting more racquets into the hands of young children at an early age and giving them the opportunity to have coaching in a fun environment can only be a good thing for the game," Wade said. "Charities like GIYM do find young talented players who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to pick up a tennis racquet. Any one of these children might be future tennis champions."