In Tony's own words . . .
" As some of you may know I was very privileged to be asked by both the Women’s Espoirs team (ages 18-22) to manage them at the European Espoirs Qualifiers in Spain in March 2013. This provided me with my first forays into team management and I was extremely proud to see our Women’s Espoirs team qualify through to the European Finals. The first time an English Espoir team had ever progressed to the finals ! I also had the privilege of managing them at the finals in Germany later that year. In the same year I was asked by our Association’s Women’s team to manage them at the Women’s World Championships in France which was another wonderful opportunity and experience.
Recently I was asked by Dean Seville (Kent Region), EPA Singles Qualifiers Champion 2014, to be his manager at what will be the first ever World Singles Championships. These are taking place in Nice, France in January 2015 and I was delighted to recently be accepted as Dean’s manager for these championships. Additionally our Association’s management committee have this week selected me to once again manage our Women’s Espoirs for the next European Qualifiers. These will take place in Santander, Spain in March 2015. The team consists of sisters Sammy & Kaylee Thatcher from neighbouring Southern Region along with Christina Norris and Vikki Amphlett from the Chiltern Region.
At the moment I am busy making all the arrangements for flights, accommodation, kit etc. not only for the teams I am managing but also for Angie Gaughan (Northern Region) who will represent our Association at the World Singles Championships (Women) and our Men’s Espoirs team.
It is truly an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to manage Dean and our Women’s Espoirs. I also gain a lot of personal satisfaction from the fact that I have been asked on 3 occasions to manage teams by the players themselves and on the other occasion by our Association’s management committee."