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Grand Opening of East Coast Tennis Academy

January 13, 2009 01:28 PM

A new high performance tennis academy serving the north and central parts of Palm Beach County recently opened its doors on January 5, 2009. The East Coast Tennis Academy welcomes all players from various levels and financial ranges and will make sure tournament level players get the attention they need to become a high ranked player. East Coast Tennis Foundation, Inc. teamed up with high performance coach Skip Jackson to initiate the new academy at South Olive Tennis Center in West Palm Beach.

In addition to providing an avenue for players to reach their potential, the academy will aid players with financial hardships through grants and a low reasonable academy cost.

“The way that I have always run my academies is that I accommodate those that need financial assistance,” Jackson said. “I don’t want money to be a reflection or interfere with the type of training that they get.”

East Coast Tennis Foundation Inc., a USTA Florida Community Tennis Association (CTA) and National Junior League Tennis provider, will provide marketing materials for the recruitment of players and seek grants to offset player fees. The foundation has been instrumental in making the academy a reality and has created a place for local intermediate and top-level tournament players to go to fulfill their potential. Already, the academy has more than 20 players.

“I have a feeling that we are going to really grow here and have a lot of high numbers, which will require more staff, but that is a good thing,” Jackson said. “I am focused on having kids that are self sufficient, hard working, good students and are prepared for the future. I want to make sure they love the game, continue on with it and just enjoy the hard work.”

Jackson came out of retirement to take on this new challenge, which is one he welcomes with open arms.

“We had talked about it and so many kids were getting left behind that I really wanted to jump back in,” he said. “I had some more good years in teaching left and I wanted to make sure I gave these kids a chance to develop as tennis players.”

Jackson’s high performance background is impressive as he has coached many nationally ranked players in prestigious events such as the Dunlop Orange Bowl and Easter Bowl and coached for USTA Florida team tournaments, including Zonals and Team Florida Challenge. Players can count on him taking their game to the next level.

“I always try to attend workshops and stay educated and updated on what the USTA is recommending for junior coaching,” he said.

Admission to the academy is by evaluation only, and players should contact Skip Jackson at 561-762-3047 or brokenarrow5@bellsouth.net for further information.

“This is the best thing to happen for the juniors in tennis in this area in many, many years,” said Janet Sprague, Tennis Program Coordinator, Treasure Coast. “It will be exciting to see juniors excel to the next level with the academy’s intensive training program and having Skip come out of retirement to train these young tennis players is good for north Palm Beach County and good for tennis.”

 

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