Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith returned to the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Thursday to help coaches from across the South West prepare to deliver a national training programme for children.
Smith, who led GB to a historic victory in 2015, worked with Team Bath Tennis staff as they shared details of the Tennis For Kids scheme with around 60 coaches who will implement the free six-week training plan back at their clubs and schools.
Tennis For Kids courses are taking place at venues across the country – including the University and its satellite centres in Wellow, Saltford and Monkton Prep School in Bath – starting in April. Last year’s inaugural programme saw more than 13,000 youngsters aged between five and eight get involved, each of them taking home a new, specially-designed Davis Cup racket.
Smith also visited the Sports Training Village ahead of the 2016 programme and Tom Ellis, Head of Club Coaching at Team Bath (pictured top right with Smith and apprentice coach Dillon Slade), said: “It was great to welcome Leon back here and also see so many coaches from across the South West benefit from his advice.
“Tennis For Kids was a huge success last year and we hope to see many more children getting involved and picking up a racket on this year’s course.”
To find out more about Tennis For Kids and register an interest in attending one of the free six-week courses, visit https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids.
Team Bath Tennis provides coaching and playing opportunities throughout the year for youngsters aged three and over as part of its all-inclusive tennis programme. Click here for more information or watch this video…