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, 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 here.
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. Find more information here.
Report courtesy of Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd.