Cayman Brac kids enjoyed a free tennis-coaching session from Cayman Islands Tennis Club coach Adam Bayley recently.
For many it was their first opportunity to play the game which, thanks to top players like Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, is becoming ever more high profile internationally.
It was Bayley’s second trip to the Sister Island. It was sponsored by local law firm Walkers and organised by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands. Brac residents and tennis enthusiasts Sue and Mike Hundt also helped make the trip possible. “It was really great giving these children the opportunity to show their skills,” said Bayley. “I wouldn’t be able to do this without Sue and Mike’s enthusiasm. Thanks must go to them for getting the interest of tennis to the kids.
“I hope that one day, with the help of the Tennis Federation and local sponsors, Cayman Brac could get a tennis court of its own.”
This was the first of five Sister Islands trips sponsored by Walkers. So Adam will be heading back to the Brac next month.
Jeremy Superfine, Tennis Federation chief, added: “With help from our sponsors, the federation provides coaching in government schools, both primary and secondary, to encourage youngsters to be active and take up tennis.
“We also give parents, PE teachers and tennis enthusiasts some ideas to help them with running tennis programmes themselves.
“As well as coaching in government schools, the tennis federation has distributed a considerable amount of specialist junior tennis equipment, kindly donated by Dunlop.”