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