THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – According to an official of the British Virgin Islands Tennis Association, “The National Tennis Development Program concept was to revolutionize tennis in the territory; but it’s difficult to bring about a revolution when we do not have a National Tennis Centre, a place to call home. NTC will sustain our growth.”

The BVITA’s objective is to “Promote and d\Develop the Growth of tennis throughout the British Virgin Islands. Our aim is to give all children the opportunity to play the game of tennis regardless of their socio- economic status.

“To foster and develop healthy minds and bodies through an active and healthy lifestyle, provide educational opportunities through our beloved sport, and help our youths build valuable life skills including competitiveness, sportsmanship, and teamwork.”

The officials says that the development objective was achieved, in that another venue is available for a junior program at Long Bay, and visits have been paid to Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda.

There is an established programme for the rest of the year which includes the After-School Program launch at Long Bay, West End 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 30th; Play Day, at Long Look – East End Public Courts 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday December 1st.

On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December 2016 will see the hosting of the 10-and-Under, 12-and-Under, and the 14-and-Under Junior Development Tennis Tournament, at the Long Look- East End Public Courts on Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The year’s activities will end with a High Performance Junior coaching clinic scheduled to be held at Long Bay, West End 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., on Monday December 5th 2016.

The official further points out that the “Youths are our focus because they are the future. Tennis goes across gender, race and ethnicity. It’s an International Sport.”