International law firm Walkers has again provided funding for Cayman Brac’s tennis program.
The program is run by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands.
“Continuity of funding is really important for programs like these, their hold on life is tenuous without proper financial backing,” said Eliza Harford of the tennis federation. “So we’re really grateful to Walkers for supporting the Brac again for a third year.”
The Walkers program has led to tennis becoming part of physical education lessons in primary and high schools.
A professional from Grand Cayman, Noel Watkins, has been visiting regularly and holds weekend coaching sessions, which always enjoy an enthusiastic turnout.
The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands Brac coordinator is teacher Michael Hundt.
Thanks to Walkers’ support, the tennis federation has supplied the island with portable tennis nets – slightly lower than a standard tennis net – plus shorter rackets and slower-than-standard balls, which make the game easy for youngsters to pick up.
Tennis pros will run weekend coaching sessions for juniors and adults in the Sister Islands.
The funding will also cover more specialist equipment for juniors and standard balls and rackets for adults.
The new, full-sized rackets will be put to good use. The Brac High School court has recently been resurfaced, repainted and a full-sized tennis net installed, which has been a major step forward. It means Brackers now have free access to a full-sized, floodlit court.
“Currently we fly coaches to the Brac to provide lessons,” said Harford. “Ultimately, we hope to identify Brac residents who are willing to be coaches, and then give them the necessary training.
“Getting that structure in place, whereby we have Brackers teaching their own, is our long-term objective. At that point, we hope the programme will become largely self-sustaining.”