Back to basics

Children aged 10 and under have an opportunity to
get into tennis this weekend with the help of some of Cayman’s top coaches.

The action starts at George Town Primary school on Saturday
17 April  at 4pm. Professional tennis coaches
will run a beginner’s program on the school’s basketball courts with low nets,
soft balls and small racquets specifically designed for youngsters.

The idea of the afternoon is to learn and practise
the basics of the game. No previous tennis experience is necessary. The session,
known as “play and stay mini tennis,” is free.

As Jeremy Superfine of the Cayman Islands Tennis
Federation explains the sport wants as many youngsters as possible through the
play and stay program.

“We want every child to have the chance to try their
hand at this sport,” said Superfine. “If a child enjoys it, the federation aims
to ensure that child will be supported in their bid to develop their game via a
mainstream tennis programme. Tennis is a great way for children to have fun and
stay fit.”

Play and stay was launched in 2009 and is sponsored
by Walkers. Youngsters joining Saturday’s session have a chance to win a
brand-new junior racquet in a raffle.