Thursday, July 28, 2016

TENNIS A SPORT FOR LIFE - Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy

A few words from our Head Coach

I have been a professional Coach for over 20 years, teaching tennis to a variety of players from complete beginners to advanced professional players.

Demographics of Tennis
The majority of tennis players are either junior players or adult players coming back to the game after work and family commitments have eased.

What benefits does tennis give a player?
Playing outdoors in the fresh air Improved personal fitness
Learning new skills and techniques
Improved agility and footwork
Fun and rewarding game
Builds your social circle of friends
A very rewarding and active lifestyle

How long can you play tennis for?
Tennis is a game for everyone - from 4 years old tiny tots tennis to 80 years+ social tennis.
I have coached a lot of social footballers who have given up competing due to injuries but still want a sport with a competitive edge, that also helps keep them fit – tennis is the perfect game.

Rusty Rackets Tennis - what is this?
Rusty Rackets is a group tennis class designed for adult players who have played a little tennis years ago - at school or at a club, but work and family life took priority. This Course is perfect for the returning tennis player to get back into the swing of tennis.

What is Cardio Tennis?
Cardio Tennis is a high energy - fitness – fun tennis class to music. High energy – heart pumping fitness! No previous tennis experience necessary and beginners are welcome.
Enjoy hitting lots of low compression tennis balls (easier to hit).
It doesn’t matter if your shots land in the court or out - the idea is to burn calories whilst getting an understanding of the tennis strokes.

Complete Beginner Classes
These Classes are aimed at players who have never picked up a tennis racket or stepped on to a court. Players are shown basic strokes and coordination exercises to help develop their game.

Junior Group Coaching Classes
These Classes are a great way for juniors to develop their game whilst having fun and making new friends. Players will be shown technical, tactical and physical exercises to improve all round performance. The cost of a group lesson is considerably less expensive than private 1:1 tuition.

Adult Group Coaching Tennis Classes
These Classes are designed for players to hit lots of tennis balls - back court, mid court and front court specific drills, to improve overall techniques and get you match ready… whatever your level!
If you are bored with your fitness routines or would like to try a new challenging fun active sport, then don’t be shy come and give tennis a try! Non-Members are welcome.
At Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy, we have the professional Coaching Team and Courses in place to help you reach your own personal goals from complete beginners to advanced players.

Please call Tennis Reception on T: +357 26 828 122 or E:
The Tennis Team look forward to welcoming you on court

Scott Wakefield
Head Tennis Professional

Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy, Cyprus

Friday, July 1, 2016

Macmillan Cancer Support – Longest Day Golf Challenge

On Monday 20th of June, the four golf courses in Paphos saw two teams of Professionals and Amateurs put their bodies and minds on the line for the Macmillan Cancer Support by completing the charity’s marathon golfing challenge under extremely warm temperatures.
The Longest Day Golf Challenge saw 8 superheroes completing for the first time in Cyprus walking 72 holes in just a single day to raise money for charity.

The 1st Team consisted of Danny Heard (Golf Professional at Aphrodite Hills), Scott Beaven (Golf Professional at Aphrodite Hills), Adam Collinson (Golf Professional at Elea), and Derek Smith (course superintendent at Secret Valley).
The 2nd Team consisted of Gary Clive, Andy Malpas, Gaz Carr and Chinny Richards (all from RAF Akrotiri).

The day started very early at Minthis Hills were the teams teed off at 5:30am before the sunrise and completing the first round in just 2.5 hours! The format for the day was the best two stableford scores to count per hole.
Rounds 2 & 3 were played at Elea and Secret Valley Golf Clubs respectively with both rounds also being completed in under 3 hours. A special mention must go to Derek Smith who managed 42 stableford points at Secret Valley on his own! Pretty special considering it was the 3rd round of the day!

The guys made their way along to Aphrodite Hills and teed off at 16.30, buggies were laid on for them to drive from 2 to 3 and down the 7th hole. Whatever possessed them when they finished the 2nd we do not know but they WALKED round to 3rd and then down the 7th for good measure. When questioned they said that they had done so much, why spoil it with 4 wheels for a few minutes!
Understandably the standard of golf late in the day wasn’t sparkling but they soldiered on despite obvious pain and walked up towards the 18th green literally at 8.00pm to numerous supporters and well wishers.

After nearly 15 hours of golf it was all over and the final total raised was calculated. At an estimate we guess it to be €8,500. But there are still people donating.
The funds will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and St Michaels Hospice in Paphos.
Both teams would like to thank all those who have supported them in this challenge and especially to everyone that gave money to this amazing charity!

Danny’s Team overall on the four courses made 45 birdies, 1 eagle and 144 Pars!!
‘The past 12 months had been unkind to many of us in the golf industry in Cyprus from this horrible disease.  I’m certainly not clever enough to research a cure but I wanted to do what I could.
What seemed like a brilliant idea in January became a bit more complicated in the June temperatures but all the pain we went through is worth it knowing we raised such a large sum of money.
I’m available next year for advice but I’m certainly not doing it again!’ said Danny Heard.

‘It was one of the hardest and longest days of my life. I couldn't have done it without my team mates or the guys and girls that supported us throughout the day on the drinks and food buggy.

I'm so happy that our team could raise so much money, with help from the wonderful people we know, for a great cause. The people with cancer that we are trying to help have it 100 times worse everyday. I'm so glad we could do something to help their cause even if it was only playing golf.
Thank you to everyone that donated’, said Scott Beaven.

About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Cancer is one of the toughest fights most of the people will ever face in their lives. The year 2016 wasn’t the best one for our Members, Staff, Friends and Family as some of them have been diagnosed with cancer and some have lost the battle.

The people at Macmillan, the nurses, the therapists are supporting the people affected by cancer. Not only the nurses but also the volunteers, the expects, the supporters and the fundraisers are the ones who make it possible for the Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s an excellent charity that worth’s every single penny and more. It is one of the largest British charities and provides support and health care to thousands of people who are struggling with this disease either this has been medical, practical, financial even emotional support.

Aphrodite Hills Golf - TripAdvisor Award of Excellence 2016


Aphrodite Hills Golf Course has been recognized for offering Superior Service as Reviewed by Travelers on the world’s Largest Travel Site, Trip Advisor.

Aphrodite Hills Golf Course is pleased to announce that it has received a 2016 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

With the award, TripAdvisor recognizes hospitality excellence for businesses that consistently receive and achieve outstanding traveler reviews over the past year. It includes accommodations, attractions which are located over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. This certificate can only be won by receiving consistently great reviews from our customers. It is therefore a great reflection on the level of our customer service and facilities as well as the great work of the team.

The magnificent golf course, designed by acclaimed architect Cabell Robinson with stunning views to the Mediterranean and its exquisite setting among natural vegetation, it is with no surprise that this certificate of excellence has been presented to Aphrodite Hills Golf Course. Aphrodite Hills is unique, exotic, challenging and the exceptional service earns the five stars reviews. The Aphrodite Hills Golf Course tests both advanced and beginner golfers, a place where you can play the game of golf all year round.

‘We thank all our guests who added their great reviews and photos after their experience at Aphrodite Hills Golf Course. Our team puts great emphasis of the quality of customer service, this is paramount to all at Aphrodite Hills. This award gives us all a true sense of pride’ says Chryso Iasonos, Golf Marketing Executive. ‘This certificate is a reflection of the hard work and efforts of all Aphrodite Hills staff who strive to meet the needs of our customers. It gives us a great sense of achievement and we promise to stay committed to excellence’, adds Chryso Iasonos.

TripAdvisor branded sites operate in 48 countries worldwide, a prestigious travel website that receives more than 340 million unique visitors** and over 350 million reviews and opinions each month. The world’s largest site* allows travelers to share experiences at facilities and resorts around the world to plan and book their perfect holidays since many guests rely on previous travelers’ experiences to shape their own adventures.

We are very thankful to be awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and would once again like to express our sincere thank you to all our guests who have reviewed us. We strive to deliver an outstanding and memorable golf experience at Aphrodite Hills and the feedback we receive allows us to develop this further.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you all again very soon at Aphrodite Hills Golf Course!

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016

**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016