William Sumner, a pupil at the Royal Hospital School, impressed coaches last weekend at the Barclays Ball Kids Trials in Suffolk.
William was one of 3,000 children across the country hoping to secure a place at the final trials in London in April. The boys and girls battled it out demonstrating their ball skills, teamwork, concentration and coordination to impress the coaching team. As parents and siblings kept their fingers crossed from the sidelines, the children worked up a sweat as they tried to prove that they were the best Suffolk had to offer.
The coaching staff were impressed with the enthusiasm of all involved and finally drew up a list of six Suffolk children with a chance of making it through to the final squad of thirty. William, 12, was one of them and he will travel to Northwood on 13 April to take part in the National Barclays ATP Ball Boy Trials.
If he is successful, he will be one of 30 boys and girls to earn a place in the 2013 Barclays Ball Kids squad. In preparation he will take part in five days training at the Barclays Ball Kids Base Camp.
We wish William all the best and hope to see him as ball boy to the World’s top players at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2, London in November.
The Royal Hospital School is a co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org