The local tennis club is halfway through its annual summer camp.
‘We are currently in the third week of our Juniors summer camp. The camp started in early July and we have had a good turnout.’
‘It has been a little quieter than last year. I think island life has become more settled after hurricane Ivan,’ says Cayman Islands Tennis Club (CITC) Manager Rob Seward.
The camp is designed for youngsters ages 3-15. The camp is being held at the CITC and is supervised by Mr. Seward and professional tennis players.
The summer camp is spilt into several stages to comply with the summer lifestyles of young people. The last two camps for the summer will be from 7-11 and 14-18 of August.
‘The camps are broken up for convenience as it’s the summer time. Kids will be on vacation and also going to camps for other sports,’ Mr. Seward said.
Mr. Seward also went on to discuss the importance of the summer camp.
‘Tennis is a great sport because it has a mental capacity to it. It is good exercise although any sport that is available helps a child’s growth. Tennis allows a child to develop and grow in all areas.’
The camp is part of the CITC’s Junior programme. The main part of the Junior programme is the after-school programme.
The after-school programme is slated to begin on 11 September and appeal to all young people in Cayman. The programme will be spilt into the following age divisions: 3-5, 6-9 and 10-15.
The camp will be supervised by Mr. Seward and professional tennis player Eduardo Torres. The programme will be held Mondays through Fridays 3:30-5:30pm and Saturdays from 8-9:30am.
Mr. Seward took time to discuss some of the goals of the Junior programme.
‘A lot of the kids in the programme are from private schools. I want to have more kids from around Cayman in all districts. I also want more of the kids in our Junior programme to attend tournaments.
‘I would also like to have a high-performance programme. It will be part of the after-school programme and have 20 kids 11-13 years old. I want to be able to get the better kids in the programme to start playing overseas, possibly starting with an overseas tournament in October,’ says Mr. Seward.
Mr. Seward also talked about the future of Cayman tennis.
‘It looks pretty good compared to the past. The history of tennis in Cayman is not that bad though. There have been a lot of stand-out young Caymanian players.
‘For example David Berry, Nigel Mitten, Charley Thompson and our current stand-out player 14 year-old Panav Jah. Almost all of those players have gotten an education through tennis. I’m confident that there can be more players like them.’
To get involved with the Junior programme or Cayman tennis in general contact Rob Seward at 949-9464 or email [email protected].