RECORD numbers at tennis camp this holidays have had the coaches very busy as they deal with everything from aces and double faults to water fights and pirates.
Tamworth Tennis Club has been the scene of 108 kids swinging racquets and seven coaches ducking balls as an invasion of the courts has taken place, culminating in a fancy dress day yesterday .
There were footy players, tennis stars, princesses, trolls, cowboys and fair maidens running around the courts showing their newly-learnt skills and talents.
The tennis camp caters for kids from the age of four, right up to the mid teens, with some of them part of the North West Tennis Academy.
Head coach Jarrod Campbell said there was a good response to the camps every year but this year’s extra numbers could be put down to the beautiful weather and parents looking for a healthy, outdoor, and supervised alternative to the holiday boredom.
“It’s great. The kids love it and it is good to see so many out enjoying the sport,” Campbell said.
“It is definitely still one of the biggest growth sports. That’s why we have so many pro coaching staff here full- time.”
Whilst the young ones learn the basics and have fun running around and interacting, the older ones are pushed a bit harder, with the academy players put through their paces.
“The tournament players do matchplay singles and doubles, fitness, and other high-intensity training exercises,” Campbell said.
“It is a pathway to representative teams and tournament games if they want it to be.”
The camp went from Monday and finished up with the fancy dress on Thursday.
The older kids finished up with a singles and doubles tournament finals, whilst the little ones finished up with a water fight and a party, before the afternoon presentation.
Next week the club will host the Optus Junior Tour Tournament, with over 100 kids expected to compete in the touring competition from Monday to Friday.