On the evening of the 22nd December, Ebbisham Sports Club were proud to welcome returning Olympian, Olympic Bronze medal winner and once junior member Chris Langridge to his former training grounds, alongside his former coaches Jackie and Alan Cunningham, whom continue to coach at Ebbisham to this day.
Over 100 people turned up for the Tour visit with performance centre players, young attendees and adult members receiving a coaching masterclass from Chris Langridge. Chris was unfortunately injured so couldn’t compete in the exhibition games but offered his coaching expertise to everyone who was able to get on court. Pairs were put through a gruelling doubles attacking and rotation drill - an experience they will be sure to remember forever.
The evening rounded off with an insightful Q&A session, giving our current juniors a real understanding of what it takes to get to the top of sport they love. It also highlighted how successful the Team GB squad have been, and yet, despite this success, funding cuts are being imposed which could damage this success in the future, including for some of those juniors in the room who may be hoping to following in Chris' footsteps.
To top the evening off Chris presented Jackie and Alan Cunningham with flowers to recognise their 40 years of coaching at Ebbisham Sports Club. Chris was also awarded a Lifetime Membership at Ebbisham Sports Club as congratulations for his Bronze medal achievement.
“We were honoured that Chris chose to return to his roots at Ebbisham Sports Club where his Olympic career started as a 10 year old junior, being coached by our Ebbisham coaches, Jackie and Alan Cunningham who are still coaching our current juniors today. Chris’ visit was a wonderful opportunity for us, not only to inspire and motivate our current adult and junior players but also to open it out to other Club players in Surrey so they could go on court and receive useful coaching hints and tips from an Olympian – wonderful memories for everyone and a highlight of our Club’s calendar for 2016.” Jo Robinson - Club Development & Membership Co-ordinator, Ebbisham Sports Club
Photo credit to Jeff Sham Photography