The sport of tennis is making a new push in North Side.
The children at North Side Primary School are the latest to take advantage of the Community Tennis Programme sponsored by Walkers and the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands.
Jenny Frizelle of the tennis federation says, “The idea of the programme is to introduce students to basic tennis skills and get them active. Cayman is the perfect location to cultivate tennis talent and we’d like to provide this opportunity to as many children as possible. We’re fortunate to have tennis pros from Cayman Tennis Academy, the Cayman Islands Tennis Club and The Courts at the Ritz Carlton training the children.”
Last Thursday morning in North Side, the children were excited to be out on court with Noel Watkins, tennis pro from Cayman Tennis Academy. Watkins states it was a great opportunity.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to come up to North Side every week to coach these children,” Watkins said. “They are so enthusiastic about the game and some of them are showing great promise on the court.”
Ronnie Roach, Physical Education teacher at North Side and East End Primary Schools, is happy to have Noel’s instruction.
“The kids look forward to their weekly lesson with Noel,” Roach said. “Many of them have never had the opportunity to play tennis before so it’s great that they get to learn the basic skills at this young age.”
As Frizelle states, schools participating in the programme now stretch across Grand Cayman.
“This term we are supporting tennis programmes and providing tennis equipment to John A Cumber, Savannah Primary, Bodden Town Primary, East End Primary, North Side Primary, Prospect Primary and John Gray High School, as well as to West End Primary, Creek and Spot Bay Primary in Cayman Brac. Thanks to Walkers for their generous support of this programme and the KPMG Legends Tennis Tournament for all of the equipment that we are using.”