Writhlington Sixth Form Student, Matthew Alexander, is celebrating after accepting a Tennis Scholarship for Davis & Elkins College of Athletics in America.
After joining Writhlington School in Year 10, Matthew took advantage of some of the many sporting opportunities, excelling in many areas but most noticeably in tennis. Training hard alongside his studies, Matthew has competed at a Regional and National level whilst also giving back to the tennis community, supporting younger students and helping train other future professional players.
“Joining Writhlington really opened doors for me, it gave me the best opportunity to train and raise my tennis level. I’ve competed at Regional and National events throughout the country and have even beaten a player who is internationally ranked. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made it so far and it has really made me believe that you can follow your dreams no matter how big. Anything is possible, as long as you put the hard work in.”
Matthew trains six days a week at Writhlington School and also at the University of Bath on a training schedule designed by Writhlington coaches, Patrick Lodge and Tom Entwistle. In preparation for his transatlantic move, Matthew has intensified his training working on court hitting, strength and conditioning in the gym, sprints, stretching and also diet and nutrition.
‘It was very exciting, I was contacted by thirteen universities across America. I have spent hours going through the process of deciding which university would be best for me, there were so many factors to consider; weather, tennis, academics and how well I got on with the coach but I am positive I’ve made the right decision.”
“I’ve always loved tennis from a young age so to be going on a tennis scholarship to an American university is a great feeling. I have no idea what the future holds for me but I can’t wait to find out and start this new adventure!’
Mandy Stonier, Head of Tennis, commented
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Matthew and we are proud of what he has achieved. A big ‘thank you’ must go to Writhlington School for allowing him to train and work so hard with his tennis and supporting him with his studies. The Sixth Form Tennis Workforce Development Programme is not only about high performance tennis but about learning to coach and develop other young people to love the sport as we do.”