By Eva Borras, Sports Psychologist at Sánchez-Casal Academy, Florida.
When as a parent, you introduce your kids to tennis, you’ll immediately see a lot of benefits. They’ll make new friends, improve their social skills, have fun, develop new motor skills, and learn how to manage their school and study time. Their tolerance to frustration will gradually increase, and their self-esteem will improve. But tennis and school work are not always compatible.
Training at a tennis academy like Sánchez-Casal (with sites in Barcelona and Florida) helps young tennis players to have a far more organised tennis program, with all the services they need integrated into the timetable. An international school alongside technical, tactical, physical and mental training for high performance, with years of experience accredited with the training of players such as Andy Murray or Svetlana Kuznetsova.
There’s more. The Sánchez-Casal Academy have taken an innovative step forward in the education of players by creating a unique program made up of both training and academic education, the only one of its kind in the world. The tennis and high school Intercontinental Program allows students to train half the year in Florida and the other half in Barcelona.
With this program, players don’t only acquire all the psychological benefits of playing sport as described above, but those formed by spending time studying abroad, in two continents over just one year.
Players can meet and connect with students from all over the world, from different cultures, with different experiences, and share their daily lives. They learn from others in a way that’s completely practical. The experience of living in two cultures in just one year, but under the same ASC school system, helps our student tennis players to grow up to be high-achieving, rounded human beings.
Sports Psychologist at Sánchez-Casal Academy Florida