Learn play grow was founded by Elena Baltacha-Severino and Nino Severino.

Elena Baltacha-Severino was a professional tennis player. She was a four-time winner of the Aegon Award and long-term British No. 1. She has made the top 50 WTA rankings for 2 consecutive years finishing the 2011 season as a top 50 player; this has not been achieved in British women’s tennis since Anne Hobbs in 1987.

Elena has had 3 victories over top 10 players, including two victories over Li Na and one against Francesca Schiavone, who at the time was the reigning French Open Grand Slam champion. Elena is one of the most successful players in Fed Cup Great Britain team history, second only to Jo Durie who achieved a ranking of WTA 5 in the world.

Nino Severino has developed his vast sporting experiences through professional Football, Boxing, Golf, Cricket and Karate to name but a few. Nino spent nearly two years working as part of Bryan Klugs coaching team at the Ipswich Town Football Academy. Nino was included in many of the education programmes for the ECCB at the highest level, coaching the coaches at Loughborough Universities, Lords and The Oval.

Nino ran his own multi-sport academy called Sports Performance Academy which included 2 official EIS World Class athletes and 12 England Internationals who went on to win World, European, Commonwealth, British and English medals and titles. Abbie Thorrington who competed for the prestigious Great Britain Triathlon Team was part of this squad. After managing these athletes Nino then specialised in tennis which lead him to a full time role as a WTA touring coach with Elena Baltacha-Severino former British No.1.

Elena and Nino are passionate about getting children into sport, and they believe the earlier the better. With Elena being a professional tennis player she experienced the endless benefits first hand. They consider teaching children about sportsmanship, team work, never giving up and many more subjects will help the development of happy, confident children. They believe a programme that engages children, allows them to use their imagination and have lots of fun would do this! With the above in mind learn play grow was born.


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