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BLTA conducts one-day workshop with PE teachers

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) conducted a one-day tennis workshop in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training.

The workshop, which provided training to over 25 physical education (PE) teachers, was held at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre.

The presenters at the workshop included International Tennis Federation (ITF) Developmental Officer for the Caribbean John Goede, top tennis coach Ceron Rolle and BLTA President Perry Newton. The PE teachers received classroom instructions and on-the-court training, thereby being provided with an opportunity to expand their tennis knowledge.

Newton extended gratitude to the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training and to Clara Storr for assisting in the conference.

Newton stated, “In order for us to expand our pool of tennis players, we must increase the number of coaches. Introducing tennis into the schools would be a very important step toward tennis growth and sustainability. Coaches’ development remains an important pillar in this administration.”

The ministry extended a heartfelt thanks to the BLTA and to President Newton for organizing the workshop that introduced the coaching possibilities for the sport of tennis.

“The workshop was informative and fun. The teachers were totally engaged and expressed their pleasure with the training received. They also had an opportunity to play with some kids and to test out their natural athletic abilities,” as stated by BLTA public relations. “The on-court and in-class sessions were structured in a way to provide the teachers with the basic tools; this workshop is indeed a catalyst for tennis growth not just in New Providence but the entire Bahamas.”

The release continued, “This is hopefully only the beginning of a wonderful partnership between the BLTA and the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training with a view to ensuring each child has an opportunity to learn the beautiful sport of tennis.”

Newton said the plan is to eventually have the PE teachers engage in a BLTA certification program.

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