A high ratio of coaches to young people meant the session was accessible and fun for everyone. What surprised John is how much the volunteer base grew. Everyone was having such a good time, that quickly they had twice as many coaches as participants! People were making time in their weekly schedule to come, toss tennis balls, relay races, etc.
Before the end of his course and leaving for the States, John left the Oxford Sports Group in the hands of a good friend Sean Mahoney, who took an extra year to do a Masters and offered to continue the programme for another year.
After another successful year of sporting activities Sean handed over the programmes' leadership to Elliot Portnoy for its third year, another Rhodes scholar more recently in Oxford. It was in 1988, under Elliot's leadership, that KEEN came into existence out of the Oxford Sports Group, this being formalised on the 29th April 1988 in its founding document.
Under Elliot's leadership, KEEN quickly expanded in scope and vision, and 30 years later, the group has developed from the original tennis coaching programme into an international non-profit movement that serves hundreds of young people with disabilities each week in cities around the UK and US, training over 30,000 volunteer as a result.