When do applications open for the 2014 Barclays Ball Kids programme?
The 2014 Barclays Ball Kids Programme will launch on the 9th June 2014 until the 6th July 2014 (this has been extended from the original closing date of the 29th June 2014). Within these dates anyone aged between 12 and 16 years old can apply to take part in the nationwide search.
Who can enter to become a Barclays Ball Kid?
Entrants must be a UK resident aged between (twelve) years and sixteen (16) years old as of the first day of the 2014 event (9th November 2014) and eligible to participate as a volunteer on the Barclays Ball Kids Programme within the UK in accordance with immigration rules. Entrants must not have been a Barclays Ball Kid before.
How do I register to become a Barclays Ball Kid?
Applicants for the 2014 programme should firstly apply online at www.barclaysballkids.com/apply. All applicants will be considered equally, and this year we are also asking applicants to describe why you make tennis what it is and should be selected to take part in the regional trials. Applicants will then be advised by email if they have been successful or unsuccessful to attend the regional trials.
Why do all applicants not automatically get allocated a place at the regional trials this year?
Due to the high volume of applicants this year we are unable to offer a place at the regional trials for everyone that has expressed an interest in the programme. This year Barclays is giving three highlighted groups the opportunity to take part, Barclays Spaces for Sports, Barclays LifeSkills and Tennis Super Fans. To aid the selection process we are also are giving applicants the opportunity to say why you make tennis what it is and should be considered for a place.
How are Barclays Ball Kids selected?
The Barclays Ball Kids talent ID team conduct 1 1/2 hour Regional Selection Trial sessions and assess the kids on the following criteria: Agility, Co-ordination, Ball Skills, Balance, Speed, Endurance, Concentration, Teamwork please click here to see the score sheet which the Talent ID team use during the trials to rate each applicant on their performance.
How many Barclays Ball Kids are there?
A final squad of 30 kids will be selected. All 30 will be on court with the starts at the O2 for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Who are the Barclays Ball Kids Talent ID Team?
The Barclays Ball Kids Talent ID team, led by Mark Magrath, consists of five experienced and highly qualified tennis coaches. Mark and a number of his team are also involved in selecting and training the ball boys and girls for the Wimbledon Championships. "We are looking for the 30 kids who are enthusiastic, can work as a team and will ultimately deliver on court at The O2 for the World's best tennis players".
What is the training schedule like?
Once selected as part of the Barclays Ball Kids squad, the kids undergo an intensive five day Barclays Ball Kids Base Camp to perfect their skills before the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Training will take place from Monday 27th to Friday 31st October (half term).
Do entrants need to be tennis experts?
No, in fact many of the 2010, 2011,2012 and 2013 squad members had never played tennis before. Entrants do need to understand the rules of tennis, have good coordination, be fit, and be able to work as part of a team. Ultimately, we are looking for kids who are passionate about tennis, quick on their feet and a team player.
I entered the Barclays Ball Kids competition last year but wasn't selected. Can I enter again?
Absolutely and we would encourage you to do so. Remember that you need to be between the age of 12 and 16 years old on the first day of the event (9th November 2014).
Is there anything that I can do to increase my chances of becoming a 2014 Barclays Ball Kid?
Within the application process you'll be asked to tell us why you make tennis what it is - this is your opportunity to let us know how you're part of the great game of tennis that we all love. It could be that you train hard and play a lot, it could be that you're a massive fan, it could be that you help with coaching younger kids to help them improve. We'll be looking for the stories that shine through. Should you progress to the trials stage, we would also encourage you to watch as much professional tennis as you can and familiarise yourself with how the Ball Kids operate on the court during a match. If you can, buy a ticket to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and go along to watch!
What if I can no longer attend my Regional Selection Trial?
Please notify the Barclays Ball Kid Team as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your trial so that we can give the exciting opportunity to another child. We regret that it is not possible to change your location or allocated time for your Regional Selection Trial.
What must I bring to my Regional Selection Trial?
You must be accompanied by an adult to your Regional Selection Trial and bring your signed consent form. You will need to seek permission from you school if you need to take a day off school. Please wear a tracksuit, shorts, t-shirt, trainers with non marking soles and bring plenty of water.
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