What a year!
IJP Tennis celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this month. It’s been an amazing year, and I wanted to reflect on how far we have come in such a short span of time. This program was created to grow young, aspiring tennis players. While that is certainly happening, I realize that we too have grown a lot in the last 12 months. It did help that we had over four years of IJP Tennis, before launching our own program, to build the foundation of what we are now.
Twelve months ago, it was just me, on one tennis court. One Saturday earlier this month, we had all eight courts going with players from Red through Yellow Ball, Dynamic Athlete Performance Academy (DAPA) running the fitness sessions, and the ACEing Autism program. It was such a joy to look over all the courts and see so many kids enjoying this sport.
We also welcomed a new coach this month: Karen Fleissner. Karen joins us from the Chandler Tennis Center, where she has been working with Red-Orange-Green players for several years. She is passionate about teaching junior tennis players, and we're excited that she is joining our program. She is helping us broaden our development levels, allowing us to add more classes for our new players.
Let's not forget our players! They have all progressed and have shown significant improvements this last year. Recently, we had four players win tournaments on the same weekend! We have some players being selected for USTA development camps, and others participating in their first tournaments. We also have fellow IJP Tennis players joining up to play doubles together, which is great to see! Every player in this program should be so proud of his or her hard work and commitment.
Given the Thanksgiving season, I must say that I am truly thankful to everyone who has supported us over the last year. I see great potential and promise for the players in this program. Across all of the stages of development, I believe that we are advancing skills and managing development to help all of the players achieve their goals. And I don't limit this to just hitting tennis balls—it's also about instilling work ethic, manners, sportsmanship, and etiquette. We don’t just build great tennis players, we want to help you build great people!
Thanks again for all of your support. We are excited for the next 12 months!
Note: With the recent launch of the DAPA fitness program in IJP Tennis, Matt's Point's guest contributor is Ashley Church.
Hello IJP Tennis families. My name is Ashley Church, and with my husband Tim, we run the Dynamic Athlete Performance Academy (DAPA). I met the Campbells when Niamh came to me as a physical therapy patient, rehabbing from shin fractures. Fast forward two years, I am still working with Niamh (and now Zara) to improve their athletic performance through a dynamic strength and conditioning program.
Having worked with these young tennis players to supplement their tennis instruction with Matt, we are proud to partner with IJP Tennis. Our philosophy is to help athletes minimize injuries and maximize their potential, and we are passionate about strength, conditioning, and fitness for young athletes.
Tim and I founded DAPA in 2015 when we relocated from Hermosa Beach, CA. We sought to create individualized sport-specific strength and conditioning programs that focus on improving the athlete as a whole (balance, coordination, strength, speed, agility, plyometrics). As we train athletes in all planes of movement, our goal is to reduce risk of injury (we call this "Pre-Hab") with a large emphasis on core and glute stabilization--a strong foundation from which to move.
Both Tim and I have been lifelong multi-sport athletes and have sports-related careers. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a full-time physical therapist at the Fischer Institute. I have been in the fitness industry for 10+ years. I grew up playing soccer and basketball, but underwent four knee surgeries. Although these injuries ended my soccer career, they led to my professional career. With this experience, I always envisioned creating a youth athlete program that focused on educating athletes, and training them to perform better, reduce risk of injury, and prolong their athletic careers.
Tim has a Master of Education, teaches physical education, and coaches indoor and sand volleyball. He was a diver in college, and took up beach volleyball during his graduate studies. He quickly became a high-level beach volleyball player, competing in AVP and NVL tournaments. He even played for Ireland in the Olympic qualifiers. He has 15+ years of coaching and training experience, and is passionate about coaching and helping young athletes improve, not only their skill in a sport, but also the foundations of movement.
We look forward to getting to know all of you, and working with your young tennis stars.
Note: To learn more about DAPA, you can visit the website, or contact Ashley or Tim.
Matt's Point (get it? Match Point!) is Matt's blog covering all the goings-on at IJP Tennis.