Clin­ics prove a hit with kids

Pilbara News - - Sport - Alicia Per­era

The Gas­coyne’s Sun City Ten­nis Academy made its de­but in the Pil­bara last week with Come and Try clin­ics de­signed to in­tro­duce res­i­dents to their high-per­for­mance coach­ing pro­gram.

SCTA coaches held daily in­tro­duc­tory classes for lo­cals of all ages in Dampier, Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land and Ex­mouth, where they will be start­ing weekly classes next term as part of an ex­pan­sion into the Pil­bara.

Af­ter­noon ses­sions in Kar­ratha last Tues­day proved a hit with fam­i­lies flocking to Kar­ratha Ten­nis Club to get their chil­dren in­volved.

Club pres­i­dent Stu­art Dale said the clin­ics had been “in­un­dated” with about 100 chil­dren across Dampier and Kar­ratha so far.

He praised the qual­ity of coach­ing SCTA would bring to the re­gion.

“Here we’ve got an ex­cel­lent coach (SCTA head coach Jar­ron Kretschmann) who’s played on the tour and been all over the world with his ten­nis and knows what’s go­ing on,” he said.

“Hope­fully the kids en­joy it be­cause he makes it fun as well as teach­ing the skills.”

SCTA is a lead­ing re­gional WA ten­nis academy based in Ger­ald­ton.

Watch­ing on the side­lines, Joseph Chuma said his son Joey, 8, was en­joy­ing the clin­ics and was keen to de­velop his ten­nis skills with a pro­fes­sional coach.

“He’s very keen to play grand slams, as he puts it,” he said.

“He has that en­thu­si­asm for ten­nis and I think this will re­ally help.”

SCTA will be­gin classes in Dampier, Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land from next term.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­rol, go to the Sun City Ten­nis Academy Face­book page.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Joey Chuma, 8, prac­tises his rac­quet skills with Sun City Ten­nis Academy di­rec­tor Jar­ron Kretschmann at a Kar­ratha clinic.

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