The Summer sun shone down caressing the back of my neck, the warm late-afternoon breeze blew in from the sea, and the distinct zip and pop of green balls echoed around the courts as I watched my soon-to-be-seven year old squealing with glee in his first tennis lesson.
Neither of us were disappointed!
For one whole hour The Boy jogged around the court, listening intently to the instructions from the specially trained tennis coach, and by the end of it he was returning the ball over the net with both a forehand and a backhand! I cannot praise the instructor enough for his diligence and gentle manner in which he helped all nine children to engage and enjoy the training session, not one child dropped concentration during the sixty minutes, and most of them were at the younger end of the 5-10 years age range.
Thank goodness for the bottles of water that Highland Spring had sent us, as he was desperately in need of refreshment at the end of his first session; it's always good to see children working up a sweat when playing a sport that they've thoroughly enjoyed! And he wasn't the only one who needed a cooling down, I became quite excited seeing him develop his returns so well during the lesson, and it just goes to show how dedicated teaching can make a real impact on children's learning and progression of skills.
I'm really pleased that he's had such a good start to the six sessions he's enrolled on as a part of the free Tennis For Kids campaign from the Lawn Tennis Association. They are perfectly timed to engage him in the sport ready for Wimbledon starting in a few weeks, and of course the LTA's nationwide festival of tennis; the Great British Tennis Weekend.