With in excess of 100 programs Australia wide, close to 3,000 youngsters take part in the Kids Tennis Foundation Program every week.
The coach plays a vital role. Each week he or she goes to the same school or group with a supply of racquets and balls. The children at the Primary Schools attend the lessons for at least a school term (usually 10 weeks) before rotating and giving others in the school the same opportunity.
Schools remain in the program for (usually) two years, with children from years 3-6 receiving the Program in this time. It is then the turn of other schools, but, after two years, that original school will then be revisited as year three students would then be in year six and, so the rotation begins again!
If the school does not have a court on their premises, they walk to a nearby church or council court, made available free of charge. Kids Tennis Foundation has several portable nets which can be used on the school grounds when necessary. With one of these nets and lines, often with chalk, on the playing area, an instant tennis court is produced in just a few minutes.
The size of the groups vary, depending on number of courts, school, ages, etc. but often an entire class will be out on the court/s at the same time. Also, at some schools, because of the vast number of different nationalities, English is the first language with only a small percentage of children.
If it rains the coaches have "wet weather" activities for the children, including worksheets which can be completed in the classroom and also games which can be played indoors so that groups are not disappointed. Videos of games are also shown and then discussed.
If you would like more information about becoming a Kids Tennis Foundation coach, please contact Sarah Nowlan
for further details.