Tennis coaching course draws in the regions
TENNIS: They’ve never played tennis in their communities, but members of the Murgon and Districts Tennis Association are now fast-tracking their abilities as tennis pros thanks to Chris Moody and the new Tennis Australia Community Coaching Course.
The program, organised by Tennis Australia saw tennis enthusiasts from across the region flock to Roma for a weekend of coaching and skills-building for aspiring coaches.
Participants hailed from as far as Stanthorpe, St George, Murweh and even Charleville, with many using the program as an entry into the ANZ Hot Shots program for junior players.
Jessie Hodgson from the Murgon and Districts Tennis Association said she was grateful for the opportunity to participate, stating there was a dire need for youth tennis programs in regional communities.
“The program is absolutely brilliant; Chris has offered a facilitation and delivery of a complicated program in a remarkable way,” she said.
“For people like us, who have never played tennis, is was exceptionally difficult to master the language and technicalities, and Chris walked us through it step-by-step.
“We all feel completely engaged and ready to teach tennis to kids.”
Ms Hodgson hopes to have community coaches ready to go from the workshop, which will bring tennis to a “huge catchment of kids waiting for the program.”
“The aim of the Tennis Association is to gain business sponsorship to bring the same program back into Murgon and surrounding districts,” she said.
“Chris has made it very easy for everyone here today, and we’d like to thank him, the community of Roma and everyone involved behind the scenes with the program.”
Tennis Australia Coach Development Co-ordinator Chris Moody said the reception to the program in Roma was very positive, with many of the participants eager to pick up the skills.
“There’s been great engagement with the course; not a lot of people here have a tennis background, so it’s great to see them looking to develop tennis within their communities,” he said.
“A lot of passion and engagement was on display here on the weekend.”