Tennis coaches are making weekly visits to schools in Grand Cayman’s outer districts to offering lessons to some of the island’s youngest players.
“There are usually about 15 children in a class, and coaches teach at least one class, sometimes two,” said Simon Gunn, head of the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands. “Play is on the school’s hardcourt, with portable nets, short-handled racquets and special slow balls making the game easy to pick up.”
Coaching takes place during PE time, he noted.
For the fourth year in a row, Cayman National Bank is sponsoring the tennis lessons at Edna Moyle Primary in North Side, East End, Bodden Town and West Bay’s Sir John A. Cumber primaries.
The Tennis Federation, a local non-profit, coordinates the program.
“Cayman National Bank’s backing ensures that there will be weekly tennis coaching at these four government schools for the rest of the year,” said Gunn. “This means that probably close to 100 kids, whose sporting options are very limited as they live so far from town, will get a chance to learn and play a new sport.”
“We are incredibly grateful to Cayman National for their ongoing financial help, as well as their commitment to the programme,” added Gunn. “The team at CNB really appreciates that children really enjoy these lessons; for the sporty kids, they’re often their favorite lesson of the week. The kids love the coaches, who are great role models, and they love the exercise.”
“Sport is a great avenue to build camaraderie amongst our young people and to instill valuable lessons at an early age,” said Christy Braggs, executive assistant at CNB. “The partnership with the Tennis Federation helps us to achieve these objectives with children who long for and appreciate this opportunity.”