Kids learn ten­nis ABCs

The Galloway News - - MOTORS -

Eleven ju­nior Dal­beat­tie Ten­nis Club mem­bers en­joyed a morn­ing of ten­nis-themed drills and games on Satur­day.

The group, all part of the club’s reg­u­lar Fri­day coach­ing setup, were en­ter­tained by a va­ri­ety of drills de­signed to de­velop the vi­tal ABCs of the sport – agility, bal­ance and co-or­di­na­tion.

Club coach and pres­i­dent Keith Thom ran the ses­sion with the help of com­mit­tee mem­bers and com­mented that it was also good to see the par­ents get­ting in­volved.

Work­ing with their kids on core skills us­ing bean bags and cud­dly toys rather than ten­nis balls makes the drills more fun and chal­leng­ing which is some­thing he picked up work­ing along­side Judy Mur­ray as part of the Ten­nis on the Road pro­gramme.

Due to the Scot­tish weather it’s easy to prac­tice these games in­doors to keep de­vel­op­ing their hand eye co-or­di­na­tion over the win­ter.

Af­ter­wards a buf­fet was held in the club­house with par­ents and kids where Keith pre­sented medals to all play­ers for their ef­forts through­out the sea­son.

The club hope to have a new court sur­face in place for the new sea­son which will al­low them to of­fer 12 month mem­ber­ships and a bet­ter play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for play­ers of all abil­i­ties young and old.

As a re­minder to all mem­bers and friends, the club’s an­nual prize­giv­ing takes place on October 14. Names and pay­ments in ad­vance to club trea­surer Is­may Mur­ray.

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