Gunnedah Tennis coach Dale Martin had his hands full with a good crowd of children at a school holiday event at Rygate courts.
“They’re fine, very enthusiastic,” he said.
“There are skill developments in the younger players which show real potential.”
Reflexes, reaction at the net, blocking that flying ball the teenagers had good responses the coach said.
Sport has a changing face amongst the young these days, video games and the web have transferred their energies elsewhere, but Coach Martin believes these types of activities in the modern age are crucial.
“In the old days it was league, cricket and tennis in country towns and while it might be difficult to get
numbers of the old days there is a good roll up here,” he said.
Bridget Campbell said it was good exercise and she was learning heaps while Ashleigh Giddings, who has honours in various sports including athletics and touch football, said it was fun and enjoyable.
Oliver Whiteley, who had made the diocese rugby side, also revealed tennis was added to an impressive list of sports.
“I am enjoying it,” he said.
Tennis has waned among the older groups these days but Coach Martin believes there is hope for the sport in the future.
“If our current players like Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur can continue their form it will give kids like these someone to look up to,” he said.