Tennis has been internationally recognized as one of the safest socially sports. With court dimensions of 78ft x 27ft it is little wonder that tennis offers a wonderful opportunity to stay active, healthy and safe during the pandemic period.
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) has led the charge with ensuring the sport resumed with the various safety measures in place. Due to the vigilance and foresight of the Play Tennis Organizers, the introductory Play Tennis Program has welcomed up to 50 kids at different times at the National Tennis Centre(NTC). The program began January 3rd
and provides an avenue for kids who have not picked up a racquet before to learn tennis and have some fun. President Perry Newton stated “The program is meaningful and allows
children free access to the world of tennis. It is important for us to introduce new athletes to the sport. Tennis helps strengthen your mind and body and we encourage teamwork among the kids. The program has also allowed coaches an opportunity to give back and new coaches to put into practice what they have learned from the BLTA coaches certification course. It is a full-circle program as we aim to simultaneously raise our level of volunteerism and provide free lessons.”
Coaches and assistants who have volunteered are Paula Whitfield, Donte Armbrister, Barry Usher, Derron Donaldson, Marva Conyers, Ricardo Demeritte, Esther Newton, Elanqua Griffin, Carla Taylor, Jared Turnquest and Theo Weir. We encourage coaches who would like to conduct a session to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration for kids ages 5 -16 for the free
clinics is possible via email also.
The BLTA provides all sporting equipment for the Tennis sessions, and we continue to shape the future generation of Tennis players in The Bahamas, adding to the available pool of players. We encourage young people to take full advantage of the many opportunities that the BLTA provides.
Original Post Date: 24/2/2021