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Tennis workshop in St. Pete for enthusiastic group

August 30, 2006 12:02 PM

Ranging in age from 12 to 75, children and adults gathered at the St. Pete Tennis Center Saturday, Aug. 19 for a six-hour Recreational Coach Workshop led by USTA national trainers Jeff Davis and Rita Gladstone.

Sponsored by USTA Florida and hosted by the St. Pete Tennis Center, the clinic brought out 64 participants from six counties throughout Florida to learn the games-based approach to coaching tennis.

Host site director Julie Panton and the tennis center's general manager Jackie Keller helped run the event; participants varied from volunteer coaches, certified tennis professionals, P.E. teachers, Parks & Recreation staff, players and beginning coaches.

Activities and games were provided throughout the day.  Warm-up options with tennis specific movements were taught, along with wall-hitting activities, ball control games, large group ideas, and techniques and tactics for singles, doubles and team practices.

USTA Florida provided towels, pens, bag tags and informational brochures for participants.  Proceeds from the event went to the Tennis Foundation of St. Petersburg and the St. Pete Tennis Center.

Participants Gale Desrosiers and Kim Cashman enjoyed the workshop, and both left the workshop feeling like they learned new, better ways to teach tennis.

"Thank you, Jeff and Rita, for doing a great job at the RCW," Gale said.  "Your style of teaching kept me attentive and made it enjoyable for me to learn.

"The six-hour workshop was proof that learning never stops!  I have been teaching tennis for a few years, and now I have new tools to help students enjoy the game of tennis!" Gale said.

"WOW!" Kim said.  "What a great Saturday event!  Thank you, Rita and Jeff, for conducting such an informative and fun event.  I really learned a lot and had a great time, which is the ultimate goal.  Thank you!"






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