The children of North Side, East End, West Bay and Bodden Town are deriving great benefit from tennis lessons.
Children from Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 participate in the weekly tennis lessons, sponsored by Cayman National, at the primary schools in various districts. Chief coach is Noel Watkins of Cayman Tennis Academy, assisted by the schools’ physical education teachers.
Lessons are broken down into exercises such as throwing, catching and bouncing balls on the rackets, all of which contribute to better hand-to-eye coordination, muscle control, speed and agility.
Tennis is taught using mini portable nets, small light rackets and slow-bouncing balls, all specifically designed to allow young children to pick up the sport quickly and easily.
“The kids are doing really well,” said Watkins. “They are full of enthusiasm and many are showing great potential. They are all enjoying the lessons and having lots of fun along the way. Without the efforts of the tennis federation and the funding from Cayman National, the children at the local primary schools might not be exposed to tennis, which would be a shame given the inherent talent evident in some of the kids.”
Watkins added that they were happy to have Christy Braggs, executive assistant, and Shari Whitaker, marketing manager of Cayman National visit one of the coaching sessions at North Side Primary last week.
Braggs said, “Seeing the kids in action brought great joy to me as I could see how excited they were to be there, and also I saw firsthand the potential these kids have in the sport. Some looked like pros already, and others didn’t give up until they were successful at the exercise.”
She added, “You can see the determination on the kids’ faces to get every exercise right, and it is that determination and drive that I hope will be instilled in them in every facet of their lives as they grow older.”