Great School with great potential!

I had a great day at Walton Girls School on 12/01/16. I am very excited to start working with the girls in February and developing table tennis in the local area of Grantham.

I am privileged to be given the opportunity to boost participation for girls in our sport and promote the sport of table tennis as a great way to keep healthy and active.

The local newspaper, The Grantham Journal, also published an article about the day. Click on the link below to see what they wrote.

http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/local/table-tennis-star-swings-into-action-as-new-coach-for-grantham-s-walton-girls-school-1-7178651?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

 

By Gavin Evans

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An Insight – Table Tennis Coaching with Gavin Evans

An Insight – Table Tennis Coaching with Gavin Evans

Check out this video made by Williamrosscreate of An insight into table tennis coaching with Gavin Evans.

“It’s a pleasure to work with everybody at the University of Nottingham and also William Ross (Williamrosscreate).”

Stay tuned for more videos by Gavin Evans and the GTE Team!

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PGL Sports Camp 8th-10th April 2016

PGL Sports Camp 8th-10th April 2016

Take part in the GTE-PGL Sports Camp,ย 8th-10th April 2016

Join the GTE Team at PGL Caythorpe for a fun weekend filled with heart raising and confidence building activities!

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Get involved with Table Tennis, multi-sports and Outdoor Adventurous Activities that are packed full of adventure!

This is a great experience for your children to take part in and can help to boost confidence and raise self esteem, while keeping them healthy and active throughout their time at the camp.

Full accommodation and foodย is included.

Activities may include:

Jacob’s Ladder
High Ropes Course
Abseiling
Vertical Challenge
Giant Swing
Climbing Wall
Problem Solving
Trapeze
Tunnel Trail

And many more!

The camp will be held at PGL Caythorpe Court which is situated 10 miles north of Grantham and only 11 miles from the A1.

To book your place on the camp or for any enquiries about the camp, please contact Gavin Evans by clicking here.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity!

For more information about PGL Caythorpe,ย please click here.

PGL LOGO BLUE-YELLOW VARIATIONS 2

Is training over Xmas necessary or not?

Is training over Xmas necessary or not?

So quite the question. Is training over the festive period absolutely necessary or not, for a players development? This is still a very relevant subject across the world in many sports, in particular table tennis as this is the sport that has given me so much. After over 18 years of training and competing at the highest level, confusion is still very much dominating the nations thoughts! For every person that says ” I deserve a well earned break” another says ” I would never take a break over festive times” What is their logic and reasoning behind this?

Taking a break is beneficial for muscle recovery along with switching the mind off from the stresses of a full time sportsman. Valuable family time is key to a sportsman development, after all if the athlete is happy their game will be. On the contrary the other group would say taking a break loses momentum, effects confidence, worsens fitness and most of all ” then you’re one of the lazy lot.” The complexity to the difference in mindsets, on how people think are quite simply nothing short than baffling. Often two people from the same training group will voice two totally separate opinions. Why?

People who train over Christmas will argue they are training when others are not, which in turn will give them that crucial edge. Those who rest will argue their mind is staying fresh, they are building the hunger and fire from inside the belly, and most of all staying rationally attached to the sport instead of obsessive and irrational. Could having a fixed mindset which believe talent is born, and players need less training be the ones which rest, and those with a growth mindset embrace the time others are resting, as they believe training hard will take them to the top and talent does not come into it?

My Opinion

Personally I think the culture of our country and the way people are taught from childhood would have to change to create a clear trend and correlation between the differences of opinions. As this is some what optimistic, I will give my personal opinion based on my experiences of doing both over many years of competing.

The underlying factor which separates champions from the rest, is a players self confidence. It has to be a personal decision based on ones feelings at any particular time. Goal setting, periodisation and peaking was a skill I learned at a young age, this put me In good stead for understanding my body and myself, enabling me to make good decisions. Some Christmases, I felt maybe I was training to much leading up to the new year and that the benefits were getting less and “over training” was detrimental to my game. In this instance I would take time off from the table and focus on getting my fitness better. Other times I would feel I was very close to conquering a new skill, so I needed to train a lot to ingrain it, ย and enter the autonomous stage of learning. Another contributing factor would be how close a competition was after the new year, this would then give me a clear picture of the type of training regime I need to undertake. Some years, I would go to China for 5 weeks on boxing day, so I would take a week off before that. Year on year circumstances change so adaptability is crucial to high level performing. Frankly if you know deep down that you want to be the worlds best, then trust your body, mind and go with your natural instincts, after all table tennis is an instinct sport.

If you can find the happy medium and compromise in life, you will not go far wrong!