Schools tennis program nets fans in Bodden Town

Bodden Town Primary students practice their tennis skills.

The Cayman Tennis Federation schools outreach program continues to elicit a lot of excitement from district primary students.

Practicing moves like balancing on one leg while moving a ball around the edge of the racket, throwing a ball in the air, clapping and then catching it, and racing against their schoolmates in short-sprint team competitions are some of the ways children at Bodden Town Primary School sharpen their tennis skills at the weekly program.

“Many of the Year 2 children have not yet developed hand-eye coordination skills, so a great deal of the program focuses on exercises to improve those skills,” said coach Noel Watkins.“This makes it easier for them to hit the ball in the center of the racket to send it where they want to go!”

Bodden Town Primary youngsters are learning the sport of Djokovic and Federer, thanks to sponsorship from Cayman National. Pupils at East End, North Side and West Bay primary schools also receive weekly tennis lessons during their regular physical education times. The coaching, which runs throughout the year, is arranged by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands.

The program equipment includes low-bouncing balls, mini portable nets and short-handled, light rackets, which makes picking up the game very easy, said Tennis Federation president Simon Gunn.

“This will be the fourth year Cayman National has sponsored this program for kids’ tennis in the outer districts,” he said. “It is wonderful they have responded to the need for more sporting opportunities for young people who don’t live within easy reach of George Town facilities.”

Cayman National’s marketing manager Shari Welcome said the company is very pleased to continue its support of the Schools tennis program.

“Through tennis our youth learn balance and body coordination, sportsmanship, discipline and develops their strategic and problem solving skills all of which are coupled with a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“We thank the Tennis Federation and coach Watkins for their dedication to the youth of our community.”