Search

Newham teenagers could be rubbing shoulders with tennis stars

10:39 23 July 2014

As many as 200 youngsters from across London are hoping they could be at The O2, rubbing shoulders with some of the tennis stars of today Picture: John Nassari

As many as 200 youngsters from across London are hoping they could be at The O2, rubbing shoulders with some of the tennis stars of today Picture: John Nassari

JOHN NASSARI 2013

A group of teenagers from the borough could be fulfilling the dream of a lifetime to appear on court with the world’s best tennis players at The O2 in November.

The five teenagers are among 200 others hoping to be picked for the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Now in its fifth year, the Barclays Ball Kids programme is designed to thank and reward the support of young tennis fans who help make tennis what it is.

Youngsters hoping to be selected for this once in a lifetime opportunity to grace the court at The O2 with the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, started their journey in the capital over the weekend.

Paulius Zabarauskas, Rickiah Hurley-West, Shienna Hurley-West, Jordan Green and Jenna Mitchell were among 200 hopefuls from across of London who were put through their paces by the Barclays Ball Kid talent ID team. They were tested on their agility, endurance, co-ordination, ball skills, balance, speed and team work in an attempt to assemble a squad of talented and energetic youngsters to take to the court in front of thousands of spectators at The O2, as well as millions of television viewers around the world.

Those who are successful will be selected to go through to national trials day on October 4, held at the prestigious St George’s Park, home of England Football.

Mark Magrath, Head of the Barclays Ball Kids recruitment team, said: “This is the 5th year of the Barclays Ball Kids, and I know from my own experience, and feedback in the industry that they are seen as the best at what they do. This year we are looking for another 30 kids to take on that mantel and prove to be the best yet whilst having an experience of a lifetime.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

17:09
Newham Youth Question Time, with Det Supt Ian Lardner, Lyn Brown MP, Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz and Stephen Timms MP,

Students had the chance to grill their members of parliament in the run-up to the general election at Newham Youth Question Time at the Town Hall.

Lyn Brown
Connor Dolam, left, and Alex Eastwood, from Chobham Academy,  join the National Obesity Awareness Week at the Copper Box

Researchers at Cambridge University announced last week that 337,000 deaths a year are caused by “carrying too much weight”.

08:24
CCTV image of man police want to question after Stratford hotel incident, March 2014

Police have released this CCTV image today of a man wanted for questioning after a sex attack on a woman in a hotel in east London.

Yesterday, 19:02
Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, speaks at the British Values Conference at a Beckton school

One of Britain’s most prominent Muslim leader’s has warned that society risks “singing to the tune of terrorists” if it allows paranoia and suspicion to take hold.

United Kingdom

Most read news

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

We let two experts have their say on why the campaign is needed – or isn’t.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder