Tens of thousands of LIME TV customers in Saint Lucia were glued to their television sets recently, watching Andy Murray win his first-ever Grand Slam as he defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open men’s final. But in years to come, if an initiative announced by LIME bears fruit, we could one day be watching our very own on international TV.
The Caribbean’s leading communications company thsi week unveild a partnership with Tiger Tennis Club, CBS affiliate WSEE TV channel 114 and sports channel, Winners TV 80, to launch a programme that will give hundreds of children from several schools in the Castries basin the chance to learn the fundamentals of tennis under the tutorship of Sirsean Arlain, one of the island’s best tennis players and a leading coach.
The programme starts 29 September and will run over a period of 6 months. Hundreds of students from schools in District Two will get weekly training and periodic skills tests. They will then participate in a series of matches organized by their respective schools. District Two was selected for the initial stage of the program because of its proximity to the Kenneth “Wriggler” King facility where the training sessions and matches will be held.
Winners from the preliminary matches will compete in the first ever inter-primary schools tennis tournament to be held in Saint Lucia. Highlights of the games will be aired Thursday nights on Winners TV at 8pm.
“LIME is enormously proud to be associated with this exciting initiative,” said Terry Finisterre, Corporate Communications Executive. “Our aim is to bring the joy of tennis to every child, to inspire them to become more physically active through sport. We want to expose a whole new generation of Saint Lucian children to tennis, some of whom otherwise may not have had the opportunity to play this great sport.”