STA Player Focus – Sotogrande International School Elite Athlete Matthew Gedney

Posted on: December 6, 2019 |

The Elite Sports Programme Student

Matthew Gedney is studying for A ‘levels in Economics, Business and Maths and attends Sotogrande International School (SIS) each afternoon.  The small team of well qualified experienced teachers encourage Matthew to embrace his opportunities to be the best he can.  Matthew says “the small class sizes allow for more individualised support from the teachers”.

SotoTennis Academy has a strong team ethos with individualised goal setting and development for each player.  On a daily basis Matthew completes a strength and conditioning session as well as on court tennis squads.  Matthew has a lead coach who supports him to meet achievable goals, plan tournaments and use Mentally Tough Tennis techniques to further his development.

Matthew stays at the SIS Boarding house which provides exceptional accommodation and academic support in a warm vibrant community.  The Boarding house is an incredibly rewarding and enriching environment in which sports students have the option to live, grow and study.  Matthew says the facilities allow him to “recover well and refuel” after tennis.

The Progress Tour

One of Matthew’s recent tennis achievements is making his way into the semi-final of the SotoTennis Academy Progress Tour.  The event saw over 60 players from many different countries compete for winners prize money of 1,000 Euros.

Matthew won a match in the qualifying rounds of the tournament.  He then progressed into the main draw winning a further three matches to make the semi-final.  This was a brilliant achievement from Matthew who was the youngest player to make the semi-finals.

The Future

Matthew’s future goals are to continue tennis and studies at University and become a professional tennis player on the ATP tour.

Last year we had three students graduate the Elite Sports Programme, all of which are now studying at Universities in America. Support from SIS was given on the SATs entry examinations and the Academy supported players in finding the right universities for their needs.

If you have any questions on the Elite Sports Programme, please contact louise.robertson@sototennis.com

STA Progress Tour Matthew
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