The Main Program

 
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The Main Tennis Program

The main program features intense coaching on beginners, intermediate and advanced players and runs for three days a week at PUBLIC SERVICE CLUB. This program is goal oriented and every child in this program is expected to participate in tournaments when we feel they are ready to do so. The children are grouped according to their age group and later level of play.


How can a child benefit from playing tennis?

 

According to the gorverning body ITF, Kids who play tennis benefit in multiple ways.Regular tennis play has been demonstrated to improve:

  • Aerobic and cardiovascular fitness while maintaining higher energy levels
  • Anaerobic fitness through short, intense bursts of activity during a point, followed by rest, which helps muscles use oxygen efficiently
  • Acceleration by practicing sprinting, jumping and lunging in order to move quickly 
  • Powerful first steps, by requiring anticipation, quick reaction time and explosion into action
  • Speed through a series of side-to-side and up and back sprints to chase the ball
  • Leg strength, through hundreds of starts and stops which build stronger leg muscles
  • General body coordination since you have to move into position and then adjust your upper body to hit the ball successfully
  • Gross motor control, through court movement and ball-striking skills, which require control of your large muscle groups
  • Fine motor control by the use of touch shots like angled volleys, drop shots and lobs
  • Agility by forcing you to change direction as many as 5 times in 10 seconds during a typical tennis point
  • Dynamic balance through hundreds of starts, stops, changes of direction and hitting on the run
  • Cross-training by offering a physically demanding sport that’s fun to play for athletes who also participate in other sports
  • Bone strength and density by strengthening bones of young players and helping prevent osteoporosis in older ones 
  • Immune system through its conditioning effects that promote overall health, fitness and resistance to disease
  • Nutritional habits , by eating appropriately before competition to enhance energy production, and after competition to practice proper recovery methods
  • Eye-hand coordination, because you constantly judge the timing between the on-coming ball and the proper contact point
  • Flexibility due to the constant stretching and manoeuvring to return the ball toward your opponent Psychological Development. The psychological benefits from regular tennis play may help children to learn and develop positive personality characteristics which are useful on the tennis court, but more importantly, are essential for many everyday situations through life. Regular tennis play has been demonstrated to improve:

 

  • Work ethic because improvement through lessons or practice reinforces the value of hard work
  • Discipline since you learn to work on your skills in practice and control the pace of play in competition
  • Mistake management by learning to play within your abilities and realising that managing and minimising mistakes in tennis or life is critical
  • One-on-one competition because the ability to compete and fight trains you in the ups and downs of a competitive world
  • Accept responsibility because only you can prepare to compete by practicing skills, checking your equipment and during match play by making line calls
  • Management of adversity, by learning to adjust to the elements (e.g. wind, sun) and still be able to compete
  • Effective accommodation of stress because the physical, mental and emotional stress of tennis will force you to increase you capacity for dealing with stress
  • Learning how to recover by adapting to the stress of a point and the recovery period between points, which is similar to the stress and recovery cycles in life
  • Planning and implementation of strategies since you naturally learn how to anticipate an opponent’s moves and plan your countermoves
  • Learning to solve problems since tennis is a sport based on angles, geometry and physics
  • Performance rituals before serving or returning which help control your rhythm of play and dealing with pressure. These skills can transfer to taking exams, conducting a meeting or making an important sales presentation
  • Learning sportsmanship since tennis teaches you to compete fairly with opponents
  • Learning to win graciously while losing with honour. Gloating after a win or making excuses after a loss doesn’t work in tennis or in life
  • Learning teamwork since successful doubles play depends on you and your partner’s ability to communicate and play as a cohesive unit
  • Developing social skills through interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides of the court and after play
  • Having FUN… because the healthy feelings of enjoyment, competitiveness and physical challenge are inherent in the sport

 
 

School Tennis Program

 
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School Tennis Program

This program is run in schools as clubs and/or extra activities. In this program we focus on introducing children to the game of tennis. We work to develop the children in tennis’ basic techniques like hand eye coordination, movement, grip and rallying. The main goal here is for the students to rally well over the net in ten to twelve weeks and be able to participate in mini tennis tournaments.

We are currently working directly with the following institutions

  • Nairobi Academy Prep School
  • Nairobi Academy Pre Prep School
  • Hospital Hill School
  • Hillcrest International School
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