Getting fit for tennis in the Vale
Cowbridge Lawn Tennis Club has long been a haven of health for local residents, serving the community with the benefits of regular sporting activity. But seeing the potential for greater participation, the club recently set about identifying target areas for development.
Organisers sought to increase participation among girls, as a means of improving their self-confidence and enjoyment of the game. But first the club needed to train two assistant coaches to improve the coach-to-student ratio.
They approached the Sports Council for help in pushing their ideas forward, only to be awarded with a Community Chest grant of £750. This allowed the club to provide 6 hours of free taster sessions for girls aged 12 to 14, plus 6 hours of free lessons for promising or improving players.
The club’s coaching has now improved to meet the demands of the new membership, with the grant covering training costs for two 17 year old coaches to attend the new UKCC1 tennis coaching course.
The grant has also improved the club’s mini-tennis coaching by helping to purchase mini-tennis equipment – preparing local children for the healthy rigours of tennis when they join the adult set.