Primary school students in Cayman Brac are enjoying free tennis lessons, thanks to international law firm Walkers in Grand Cayman.
Tennis coaches visit the Brac twice a month and teach at the primary and junior schools during the school term. The coaching is coordinated by the nonprofit Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands.
Coach Noel Watkins of Cayman Tennis Academy flies to the Brac to teach around 80 children. The youngsters practice hand-eye coordination exercises and learn the correct way to hold a racket, as well as the basic strokes used in playing tennis.
“Seeing the smiles and enthusiasm on the children’s faces is fantastic. Hopefully some of them will continue to play the game as they grow and compete professionally,” said Simon Gunn, president of the Tennis Federation.
“Continued funding is really important for programs like these,” Gunn said. “We are really grateful to Walkers for supporting the Cayman Brac program for a fourth year.”
Dorothy Scott, a partner at Walkers and a member of Walkers’ Charity Committee, said, “We are pleased to be able to offer schoolchildren in Cayman Brac access to this wonderful program. It is really rewarding to watch keen young tennis players develop their skills whilst learning all about this fast-paced international sport, thanks to the dedication of the Tennis Federation.”