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Miami-area P.E., Kids' Tennis Club Workshops Get Teachers Schooled

October 30, 2014 02:51 PM
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More than 40 attendees learned the basics of hosting Kids' Tennis Clubs in schools, or working with children in physical education classes, when USTA Florida hosted P.E. and Kids' Tennis Club workshops on Oct. 24 in the Miami area.
 
A morning workshop was held at the YMCA Homestead, with PE teachers representing three Homestead schools: KeysGate K-12 (3,000 students), Charter School at Waterstone K-5 (1,000 students), and Summerville Advantage K-8 (600 students).
 
"The schools also received a grant from the USTA Florida Section Foundation for equipment to incorporate tennis in their PE programs," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund.
 
An afternoon workshop was held at the South Miami K-8 School, which will be starting an after-school Kids Tennis Club.
 
"This is the first step, to establish youth tennis and provide a viable pathway for immediate recreational play opportunities," said USTA Florida volunteer and USTA national schools trainer Susan Allshouse. "By linking the schools, after-school programs, Kids' Tennis Clubs and programs in park and other organizations, between Play Days and Team Tennis Challenges and other events, they will always have another play level to graduate to."
 
The programs also utilizes Tennis Skillastics, designed to give children the opportunity to play tennis in a fun, non-threatening and structured environment, and an excellent tool in motivating children who are picking up a racquet for the first time. The 26 activities in Tennis Skillastics include a mixture of all the basic tennis skills and activities for individual, partner and team participation, ideal for Grades 3-8.
 
Kids can quickly work their way up to participating in USTA Play Days, events designed to introduce kids to competition in a low-pressure setting where results are not documented. The events provide kids with the opportunity to continue to develop and enhance their skills. For both novice and experienced players, Play Days are a welcoming way for kids to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis.
 
"JD Redd Tennis Center has also offered an “Adopt a Schools” program in Homestead to offer field trips for the kids to the tennis center, and having the pros go out to the schools," Nordlund added.
 
For more information on Kids Tennis Clubs, Play Days and other USTA Florida offerings, go to www.youthtennisflorida.com.
 
 

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