Brac kids think Watkins is ace

Tennis fever continues to grow in Cayman Brac. Noel Watkins, head tennis pro with Cayman Tennis Academy, was in the Brac recently to coach children from Layman E. Scott Sr. High School and Spot Bay Primary School.

As part of the schools community program run by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, pros visit schools across the Cayman Islands to teach children and physical-education teachers new and exciting ways of learning tennis.

With the Brac program sponsored by Walkers, pros visit the schools each term and Watkins was made extremely welcome.

Michael Hundt, PE teacher at Layman E. Scott Sr. High School, said, “We were all very excited for Noel’s visit and the buzz continues.

“As well as coaching the high school students, Years 5 and 6 from Spot Bay Primary came to train with him.

“The high school media class took video and stills of Noel at work and interviewed him. They are putting together a video trailer of their work to show in assembly, in addition to the full-length video they are editing. This is the beauty of the Brac – we try to make the most out of our opportunities.”

Watkins coached more than 60 children, from ages 7-9 years and 11-17 years, as well as three of the school’s PE teachers.

“It is such an amazing experience to go to Cayman Brac where all of the kids are so keen to learn and enthusiastic about tennis,” said Watkins. “They really appreciate me making the effort to go over to share new experiences with them.

“It is a great pleasure to work with the Brac PE teachers whose enthusiasm is infectious and definitely transfers onto the kids they teach.

“It is incredibly rewarding to watch the kids get such enjoyment out of this wonderful sport and improve as the program goes on.”

Dorothy Scott Crumbley, senior counsel and member of the Walkers Charity Committee, said, “We believe that participating in sports is integral to the physical and social development of our children and the Walkers Charity Committee is pleased to once again sponsor the Cayman Tennis Federation.

“The schools tennis program allows children from all of our local schools, including Cayman Brac, to participate in an activity they might otherwise not have access to.

“This year, we were particularly delighted to sponsor the Walkers Brac tennis program, and we are certain the children will have a fun year while gaining valuable skills.”

The next visit from Watkins is next month when the children will be keen to show off the skills they have been practicing.