summer we have seen the likes of Charles Sharpes, Ben Coleman,
Adrian Waller, Nathan Lake and Joe Lee attend our elite training
camps ahead of the World Teams in Germany.
"It has always been a good opportunity for players to come and
see the England squad sessions. There has always been a steady
stream of players to choose from in this regard and it is only
healthy for the future of our game.
"When I was coming through, myself and Adrian Grant were invited
up to Nottingham with the likes of Simon Parke, Mark Cairns,
Paul Johnson, Peter Marshall, Del Harris and Chris Walker.
"There were so many different players and styles there that it
was a great way to learn. Each time we went on court we picked
up new ideas and broadened our game.
"I remember playing Marshall and lost 27-0 the first time I
played him at 18 years of age. It is a case of learning and
learning and getting stuck in to the cause.
"The great thing is that we have all been in the same boat as a
newbie where you don't know many people.
"With the current crop, you can see in their games and demeanour
on court that they are getting more and confident and that can
only be good for our game.
"It is also good for us to be challenged considering we play
each other more often than not. It is mutually beneficial.
"This summer I played against Sharpes and from what Peter Barker
tells me, there is a talented bunch being developed under the
guidance of Paul Carter at Potters Bar.
"Potentially he is a very good player, too. Just like the
promise being shown by our other young players, he can make the
top 20 but after that, it's up to him.
"For the younger players today, ESR has the perfect set up and
they don't have many excuses if they don't make it.
"We have everything at our disposal: physios, strength and
conditioning coaches and analysis. They have a great opportunity
to learn. No pressure then!"