KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Sixteen physical education teachers and community college physical education students, received certificates for having completed the International Tennis Federation’s ITF Play Tennis Course.

The certificates were presented by President of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Tennis Association (SVGTA) Brian Nash on Monday November 17th 2017.

This training course which ran from Friday 24th – Monday 27th November 2017, was organized by the SVGTA in an effort to further increase the capacity of physical education teachers, and aspiring new coaches to teach the sport of tennis to students, and new players. This took place at the National Tennis Centre at Villa.

The course was conducted by the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Tennis Association in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

John Goede, regional ITF Development Officer from Suriname, conducted the training sessions, along with Kyle Hannays of Trinidad and Tobago. They were assisted by Vincentian Level 2 coach, Anthony Boyea.

The participants were: Carlson Peters, Cleopatra White, Clinton Charles, Danielle Lewis, Deanie Yorke, Denelson Rock-Gregg, Elroy Samuel, Esron Robinson, Eunicia Delpesche, Janelle Humphrey, Lemus Christopher, Osley Ollivierre, Sobato McDowall, Walford McKie, Westfield Williams and Zeanna Alexander.

Some of the participants had never played the sport, but by the end of the course, were able to demonstrate many key foundational skills. The course was aimed at beginning players and potential coaches desirous of gaining a better understanding of the sport of tennis.

John Goede expressed much satisfaction with the level of enthusiasm and energy put out by the participants. Many were able to bring skills and dexterity earned in other sporting disciplines to the tennis courts.

According to SVGTA president, “The sport of tennis is one of the most popular sport in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines among the youth; several of whom have gone on to take up tennis scholarships with colleges in the United States of America.

This initiative, the SVGTA hopes, is the beginning of good things in the area of coaching development. The SVGTA plans to bring a Level 1 coaching program to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2018.

The SVGTA believes that these new aspiring coaches would now be able to go out and carry the sport into their schools and wider communities.