On National coaches day, coaches from around the world are appreciated by all their athletes, institutions, and countries. But what do you think about it? Go back in time, when you were a young player, wearing oversized tennis shirts a backward hat grinding on the court every day. You were playing intense and long matches, traveling away from home, and staying at random hotels. When do you think about these situations, who was next to you? Your coach. At that moment you just saw him/her as your coach.
This past weekend we had a special visit from a group called YPO. YPO is a community of leaders that are global executives. Our academy was lucky enough to be able to host the first YPO event thanks to Jamin the leader of the community and his team. When Emilio Sanchez told us to prepare a brochure for the event we were confused, we didn’t know how important the YPO would be and what would be the event like. We started digging into what we could do to welcome this group of important people into our home, our academy and make them enjoy a tennis retreat where they can rest from their business routine and discover the love for the sport. We came up with a great program that had needs & leads with some light breakfast to start off, personalized clinics, competition matches in singles and doubles, hydro tennis lessons, stretching sessions, dinner food themes, and speeches from 3 of the most important people of this sport. Let me tell you a little bit about it. The program was planned as a tennis retreat weekend.
By Emilio Sánchez Vicario, Founder & CEO of Sanchez-Casal Academy
I am Emilio Sanchez. I am 55 years old. In the eighties and nineties, I competed at a pretty good level and even won some Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic medals. After that professional stage, I coached tennis players individually as well, such as Davis Cup teams. I combined my work as a coach with founding my own Tennis Academies, both in Spain and the USA, where students could take advantage of opportunities that tennis and education providers. I also shared my knowledge on TV and created my own Foundation, “Fundación Emilio Sánchez Vicario”, to help children achieve a better life through tennis.
My zodiac sign is Gemini, and for those who know us, we are thinkers, we are unpredictable, we love people and we care for them. We also have a very curious ability: our mind works, every night, in a way capable of creating little movies that we then translate into reality the next day.
So, I see my life divided into stages: 8 years before dedicated to tennis, 10 years developing myself as a tennis player, 14 years working as a professional tennis player, and 20 years coaching. It was probably a normal evolution, until last year when Covid arrived.
Each year, our elementary teachers take different professional development courses that keep them up to date with the philosophies and techniques of the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). IB training encourages critical thinking, self-reflection and continuous improvement as a teacher. It gives them access to innovative and diverse education frameworks, planning documents, teaching resources and evaluation tools that improve student learning.
Our blog is dedicated to all the companies starting with UTR & BMW of Naples that made tennis competition possible, that brought back joy to tennis, and gave us the honor to be awarded as the UTR best Club of the year 2020.
We are also thankful and want to dedicate this blog to the USTA for giving us the opportunity to be pioneers on the first ITF’s events of $25,000 Men’s & Women’s starting the second week of February.
Being a creative, critical thinker is one of our Core Values at ESIS, and developing this side of ourselves is integral in every classroom. These skills are important for problem solving as well as reading and writing, and attention to detail is paramount in being successful in any undertaking. This semester in Middle School, Mr. Gaudin was inspired to share his love for photography and the joy that being creative with a camera can bring.
In Sanchez-Casal, a coach is not only the one who feeds drills, and corrects the player’s game. The coach is the tutor, the one with the power on his/her hands to develop the game of the player. A coach is a person who is responsible for a group of players, the one that creates a connection with those players that make them feel secure. When you watch tennis TV don’t you see the player looking for the blithers after a point to make eye contact communication with his/her coach that nobody understands but them? Well, that is the connection I am talking about. The coach has to know the player’s needs, he/she has to know when to push the player and when to engage with the right motivation.
Elena Salazar is an ASC senior student-athlete from Costa Rica. During her experience at ASC she has been able to focus on developing her goals. One of the main goals is to be able to continue with her education while playing college tennis at a high-performance college tennis team.
This past July, our Elementary School received confirmation of acceptance as an IB PYP World School. We are very proud of the accomplishments mentioned on our report. In many areas we were delighted to read that we exceeded IB’s expectations and were commended for our dedication to the program. The following are key statements taken directly from our commendation list.
ASC has always been synonymous on a world scale with excellence in athletic training. Together with ES International School, student-athletes can pursue high-performance sports training without compromising their academics. In 2017, the ESIS/ASC Board of Directors considered the question: how can we ensure we’re also providing the best quality education available for our youngest students? This was the beginning of our journey to becoming an IB World School for the Primary Years Program (PYP).