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Play Tennis program ongoing at the national tennis center

Tennis can be regarded as one of the safest socially-distanced sports in the country if organized properly.

In that vein, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) has led the charge in ensuring that the sport returns to action in the country with various safety measures in place.

With court dimensions of 78 x 27 feet, players on opposite ends of the court are socially distanced and the sport offers a wonderful opportunity for players and enthusiasts to stay active, healthy and safe during the pandemic period.

Due to the vigilance and foresight of the Play Tennis organizers, the introductory Play Tennis program has welcomed up to 50 youngsters at different times at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre. The program began January 3 and provides an avenue for kids who have not picked up a racquet before to learn the sport of tennis and have fun.

BLTA 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 for 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 e-mail us at pr@blta.net,” said Newton. “Pre-registration for kids from ages 5-16 for the free clinics is possible via e-mail 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 the young people to take full advantage of the many opportunities that the BLTA provides.”

The sessions are set to continue this weekend at the national tennis center.

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