Bringing tennis around the island has been the main aim of the St. Lucia Tennis Association since the opening of the St. Lucia National Tennis Centre six (6) years ago.
It has been a challenging and demanding ride for the Association but efforts and different programs to introduce tennis to the outer districts is still ongoing.
Joel Martin Director of the United Through Sports (UTS) Organisation contacted the Tennis Association three years ago and the relationship has been productive and results oriented since then. UTS provides volunteer coaches to the Tennis Association to assist with the different programs.
The calendar for 2017 is packed with volunteer coaches mainly from the U.K assisting with the introduction and coaching of the sport to kids and assist different clubs on the island. The UTS coaches also assist with the Schools Tennis Initiative Program (STI) and also the STI Outreach program.
Coach Hannah started off with the first leg of the summer program from the 18th of May which started with the Balata Primary School.
Continued by Coach Jamie Inglis he assisted mainly with the STI and Outreach program coaching; Balata Primary, Grande Riviere Primary, Dame Pearlette Louisy, La Guerre Primary and Gros-Islet Primary. He also visited the south and was able to coach some of the southern schools, Vieux Fort Primary, Laborie Girls School, he was scheduled to coach the Belle Vue Primary and Grace Combined School but due to the inclement weather that was impossible.
Continuing from Coach Jamie was Coach William who is currently working on different private and school programs. He is scheduled to commence working with Mr. Murray who is preparing for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the next two weeks.
The St. Lucia Tennis Association wishes to thank the United Through Sports Organisation for sourcing and providing the coaches to assist with the program.
We would also want to thank Coach Ricardo Francois for being fully on-board with the program assisting all coaches and the Association.