Joe was born in September 2006
with chronic asthma and had spent his first Christmas in hospital on a
ventilator. For the first few years of
Joe’s life, he had to take steroids for his asthma and life wasn’t always easy
EBAT attended Joe’s school, Dale
Hall, in May 2013 when Joe was almost 7.
Joe attended 3 free sessions with EBAT and enjoyed it so much that he
started attending some sessions with EBAT on Saturday mornings.
When Joe’s sister started school
in September 2014, Joe’s mum changed her hours at work, which meant that Joe
was able to attend sessions with EBAT during the week, as well as at
weekends. Joe also started having
individual lessons in October 2014. When
Joe started competing at red ball, we realised that he would need to up his
game if he wanted to be the best he could be at tennis so his training
programme escalated very quickly and in January 2015, Joe was attending 5
sessions per week with EBAT.
In the early part of 2014, Joe
had been taken off his asthma steroids and had lost a massive amount of
weight. Now, in July 2016, Joe is no
longer classed as asthmatic and has lost almost 3 stone. Playing tennis with EBAT and doing lots more
exercise has helped Joe, I have no doubt that he would have been an obese child
still on steroids if he hadn’t joined EBAT.
As well as Joe’s health and
weight improving, his confidence has soared and he has made some brilliant
friends at EBAT. I recently received
Joe’s school report which was excellent and words like ‘attention to detail’,
‘discipline’, ‘gives 100% every lesson’ and ‘very popular student’ shone out of
his school report.
Now, almost at the age of 10, Joe
loves life, he loves going to school and his love for the tennis court grows
every time he trains.