Summer is a busy time for the Kingsville Tennis Association. In addition to regular play, there are clinics and camps that KTA offers to all age groups. This summer, from July 11 to 15, a number of local children aged five to twelve took place in a tennis camp where they learned new skills and had fun.
Tennis Coach Shannon Barnwell explained that the participants had varying skill levels which required her to assess their playing ability. As advised by Tennis Canada, she first split them into groups by age and positioned them across three courts while giving each group colour-coded tennis balls.
The youngest group played with red balls, the next group had orange balls and the oldest group of players used green dotted balls. Shannon then watched them play, carried out her assessment and set them up into proper courts by skill level.
The benefits of the tennis camp go beyond improving the participants’ ability to play the game. According to Shannon, the youth learn how to work together with various group games. They improve their problem-solving skills. They are also put through footwork drills, all while having fun and learning a brand-new sport for many of them.
For those who were looking to improve their skills beyond the camp, Saturday clinics started in May and wrapped up Saturday August 20. Participants were broken into two groups by age and had a maximum of eight players per session. These clinics aided the young players between five and thirteen to learn beyond the basics of the sport.
Those interested in private tennis lessons, need only visit https://www.appointfix.com/book/Tennis-Lessons-51bfacb4e89e to book your lesson. You do not have to be a member of KTA to take lessons. Everyone is welcome.
Private lessons take place Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on the occasional Saturday morning.
And, if you’re a local player and you need your racquet restrung, Shannon can assist. You can call or text her at 519-339-8172.
Photos provided by the Kingsville Tennis Association