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18 February 2005
Corpotential Supports The Davis Cup Captain And Cream Of Uk's Young Tennis Hopefuls At The Lta Center Parcs Masterclass Training Camp.
Leading Sports Nutritionist and Managing Director of Corpotential Limited, Kathryn Bistany has been invited by Jeremy Bates, current Great Britain Davis Cup Captain and Head of Performance at The Lawn Tennis Association, to provide nutritional support at LTA Center Parcs Master class training camp, scheduled for the weekend of February 18th to 21st.
The four players on the Master class have all earned the right to attend, through winning and finishing as runners up in The Sunday Telegraph Center Parcs Masters Final, staged at La Manga Club last November.
During the three night/two day training camp, each player will be able to benefit from the experience and coaching expertise of former Great Britain number one and current Davis Cup captain Jeremy Bates, as well as from the specialist skills of the LTA's head of fitness Kieron Vorster, and consultations with leading sports Nutritionist Kathryn Bistany.
The Center Parcs Master class focuses on 'player development mix', and the invited players will be put through their paces by some of British tennis's leading figures, with the hope that each player can hone their considerable talents and learn new training techniques.
After the completion of the Master class programme, Jeremy Bates will review the player's progress directly with their respective coaches, to ensure the techniques, practice drills, and other skills learnt, are integrated into the youngsters player development routines.
Jeremy Bates said: "I'm looking forward to working with this group of young players, who have shown by their performances in the tough LTA Junior Grand Prix circuit, that they are used to hard work, have good training programmes and have sound techniques. I would hope that by the end of what we intend to be an enjoyable weekend we will have enhanced their game in some way, but more importantly helped them to realise the requirements in terms of increased work ethic and programme intensity necessary to take them to the next level".
The Master class training weekend is seen as an integral part of the LTA's plans to improve the standard of British tennis, and will give young hopefuls the best possible chance of competing successfully at the very highest level.
Kathryn Bistany says: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with Jeremy Bates and the LTA and some junior performance players. Peak performance in sport is much more closely linked to nutrition than most people realise. To date, nutrition has tended only to be used as a fuel to energize the athlete, and often it has not been used optimally. Optimum nutrition must form part of all athletes' arsenal along with their physiotherapists, coaches and doctors. During the weekend, I hope to look at the four areas that are linked to nutrition: energy, strength, mental focus and injuries. I firmly believe that nutrition holds the key to success, and for many junior players this will start with adopting a healthier lifestyle."
Kieron Vorster, Head of Strength and Conditioning for the LTA, comments: "Nutrition is vitally important for the all round development of an athlete as well as for their well being, the more they are educated about it from a young age the more chance you have of having an impact on their nutritional input."
Over the two days the players will be joined at Sherwood Forest by their families who, as part of the 'scholarship' will be invited to join their children during the two-day schedule. During the weekend, both players and their families will have access to all the other wonderful facilities on offer at Center Parcs.
Jeremy Bates, Kieron Vorster, Kathryn Bistany, and Erica Spurrier as well as all the players in attendance will be available for interview and filming/photography with the media at the resorts tennis centre between 3pm - 5pm on Friday 18th February (time to be verified)
Notes to Editors:
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Six times National Champion Jeremy Bates, retired from the professional tour at the Wimbledon Championships in 1996, aged 34, having won two Grand slam Mixed Doubles (Wimbledon 1987, and Australia 1991) amongst many other titles and honours in an illustrious career.
After bowing out of full time tennis, Jeremy joined the staff of the LTA Men's National Training Department, taking over as manager of Men's National Training on 1st January 1997. Jeremy was appointed LTA Head of Performance in 2003, and is the current Great Britain Davis Cup Captain.
Alongside this he has worked for the Warren Jacques International Tennis Academy and with the South African Davis Cup team (1997-2001) before taking up his current role as a performance fitness trainer for the Lawn Tennis Association.
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