The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Play Tennis Program recently passed the 100th new player mark.
With safety protocols in place, the BLTA resumed its introductory tennis program in January 2021 to continue to strengthen its pool of players and to ensure tennis sustainability. Five months later, the program crossed the 100 new tennis players plateau.
The dollar registration fee has reduced the pricing barrier to the sport, opening up tennis to one and all. The BLTA provided all sporting equipment for free with players only needing to show up and be open to learning. As it turned out, children from ages 4-15 were taught the rudiments of tennis including the forehand, the backhand, the serve, the overhead and volleys.
Some of the children have transitioned to other tennis programs as they are committed to continuing their tennis journey. The program is a motivator for many kids to take their tennis game to the next level.
There were 15 volunteer coaches and assistants who willingly gave their time and talent to the program. BLTA President Perry Newton rolled up his sleeves and joined the coaches on court to help shape the next generation of tennis players.
Newton said, “This is an indication that the work is just beginning. This is one step to increasing the participation in the sport of tennis. It shows that parents understand the importance of physical activity and social development of their children. It is a partnership between the association, the volunteer coaches, the parents, the participants and the sponsors.
“We are thankful to Gonet Bank & Trust who saw the vision in partnering with the BLTA to provide our children developmental opportunities. We encourage other corporate sponsors to partner with us in this worthwhile undertaking. The impact of this program is far reaching on and off the court. It is a society-building program for the children; developing discipline, camaraderie and teamwork, whilst learning a new and exciting sport. Similar programs in Abaco by the ATA (Abaco Tennis Association) and in Grand Bahama by the GBTA (Grand Bahama Tennis Association) have also resumed with commendable participation.”
The Play Tennis program continues to provide an avenue for new entrants into the sport of tennis, laying a firm growth foundation.
To register children for the next installment of the Play Tennis program, interested persons can send an e-mail to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.