Adult tennis coaching a winner
A tennis coaching programme for adults launched in Mid Canterbury has already exceeded the expectations of the man behind it, after only one week.
Run by Mid Canterbury Tennis coach Andre van Rooyen, the coaching takes place on a Tuesday and includes a ladies brunch club in the mornings and an evening session.
After a successful first brunch club session last Tuesday, around 15 people turned out for the evening session, including four women who were beginners at a time when tennis among women Canterbury-wide was on the decline, so that was exciting, van Rooyen said.
‘‘I put some goals down a month or two ago when we planned it, and we have already reached the goals I set, so I’m pretty excited,’’ van Rooyen said.
Van Rooyen is being assisted by one of his young up-andcoming coaches, local player Connor Brosnahan, who took charge of the beginners group last Tuesday.
Van Rooyen said he was already expecting a couple more players in the groups this week, and there’s still space for more, particularly in the beginners group.
‘‘If it means I have to secure another coach, I will gladly do it,’’ he said.
Van Rooyen said he ran a similar programme while he was living in Nelson and it helped to build depth in the Nelson clubscene, and he was hopeful it would do the same in Mid Canterbury. He said some pleayers may go on to play club tennis, while others may go on to play in one of Mid Canterbury’s social competitions, like Wednesday night’s Twilight Tennis or Thursday night’s Sunset Doubles.
‘‘In Nelson we got a lot of players that hadn’t played in 15 or 20 years, and grew our B grade men’s teams from one to three teams. Our A grade went from three to four teams, so it was pretty exciting to see more coming in,’’ he said.
Some of those taking up the adult coaching opportunity were some who were already playing in the social competitions and who simply wanted to brush up on their skills.
‘‘They often just need a tweak, like a small grip change, and they can just have more fun out there,’’ van Rooyen said.
Van Rooyen said he was planning on continuing with the adult coaching in term one next year, with a new intake.
Sulekh Mehta receives some tennis tips from coach Andre van Rooyen.