December 2004 - Eb Talks to the Kentish Gazette

As our state of the art tennis centre nears completion Eb Appeti was interviewed by the Kentish Gazette and was asked about his dreams of creating a Wimbledon champion.

Journalist Andrew Gidley started the interview of by remarking on Eb’s positive approach, enthusiasm and ambition. He then traced Eb's history, as the son of a taxi driver that set up a coaching business in 1998 with just a bag of balls. Coaching through the south coast from Hastings, deal, Sandwich, Cranbrook and lastly, Canterbury, Eb’s ambition was realised as the indoor centre has it’s official launch on Monday. The centre cost £450,000 to build in just 10 days!!

Andrew and Eb went on to discuss how the centre will be used by the Canterbury High School during the day with a tennis programme funded by Sports Match and run by Appeti Tennis with pupils receiving 10 hours a week of tennis coaching.

Eb told Andrew how after school times and weekends will be filled by over 200 children from the local area filtered in by the 123 Junior Tennis Programme. Offering affordable, accessible tennis is important to Eb as he grew up on a council estate with 3 brothers and a sister and being able to afford to play tennis, let alone the equipment and clothing needed was near impossible. So, the centre has a no membership policy and no dress code.

The centre has been built with little funding from the LTA, the game’s governing body, just hard work and determination.

Eb is very excited about the future and is convinced a Wimbledon Champion will come from the centre.