Youngsters have smashing time

Tennis lessons for Brac youngsters are led by Noel Watkins.
Tennis lessons for Brac youngsters are led by Noel Watkins.

Sister Islands primary schoolchildren have been enjoying free tennis lessons thanks to a local law firm.

Supported by sponsorship from Walkers, the coaching, which takes place during the school year, is coordinated by theTennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, a nonprofit organization.

“Continued funding is really important for programs like these,” said Simon Gunn, president of the Tennis Federation.

“We are really grateful to Walkers for supporting the Cayman Brac program for a fourth year.”

Coach Noel Watkins of Cayman Tennis Academy flies over to the Brac twice a month to teach around 80 children from the island’s two primary schools.

The youngsters practice hand-eye coordination exercises, as well as learning the correct way to hold a racket and the basic strokes used in playing tennis.

“Seeing the smiles and enthusiasm on the children’s faces is fantastic,” said Mr. Gunn.

“Hopefully, some of them will continue to play the game as they grow and compete professionally.”

Dorothy Scott, a partner at Walkers and member of Walkers’ Charity Committee, said, “We are pleased to be able to offer schoolchildren in Cayman Brac access to this wonderful program.”

She added, “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.”