Over thirty aspiring tennis players have started the P &P Insurance Brokers Annual Tennis Camp which opened yesterday at the Pegasus Hotel Hard-Courts.
The camp which is being conducted by Guyana’s National Tennis Coach Shelly Daly-Ramdyhan is expected to run from July 9th-20th and during that period participants will be taught the basic rudiments of the game including technical and tactical sessions.
The camp has been an ongoing feature on the Guyana Tennis Association (GTA) calendar and has produced many players who have gone on to represent Guyana at the regional and international levels.
Kaieteur Sport speaking with National Coach Daly-Ramdyhan yesterday afternoon after the final session for the day at the Camp was made to understand that this year marks nine years since the establishment of the camp which is sponsored by Bishwa Panday of the P&P Insurance Brokers since 2005.
Daly-Ramdyhan, the only Level II coach presently in Guyana disclosed that they are currently fielding a four years old male player in the camp, “This year like any other year we have kids coming out in the different age category, this year we have a four year old with us again. We always have either one or two of them,” he stated.
Touching on the session with the beginners, the Coach which is been assisted by Level I Coach, Jeremy Miller (Assistant National team Coach) explained that the players were taught the ground rules of the sport which includes ball skill drills, hand high coordination, receptive and passing drills.
She added that the intermediate players will be working on the technical aspect of the sport and will also be correcting the flaws in their techniques since they would have already known the basics of the sport.
Revealing the aims, which are to introduced new players to the sport, especially children and also to give the regular players more practice opportunity daily, Daly-Ramdyhan, added that the camp will advance to tactical session for the new week.
The Coach disclosed that it will be a plus for Bishwa Panday if the new players continue the sport from the conclusion of the camp, “Players who have been a part of the camp since 2004 are now our National players.”
Andre Lopes and Nicklaus Glasgow (Level I) are also coaches for the camp. All players will be rewarded at the end of the Camp which will also facilitate a tournament for the players to assist with their exposure as they execute what they have learnt during the two weeks.
The camp is geared for children aged 6 to 18yrs. Play time is scheduled from 9-11am for (for 6-11yrs) and 12-2pm (for 12-18yrs). Camp fees per child are $3000 for the two week period. Registration is being done by telephone by contacting 642-5672 or 643-4423. All parents are asked to be present to complete registration with fees.
Meanwhile at the opening ceremony earlier in the day, the threat of rain did not stop the little eager faces from turning up to the highly anticipated camp at the Pegasus Tennis Courts.
Mr. Panday in his opening remarks proudly noted his involvement with the GLTA junior camp since 2004 and is satisfied with the progress made to date and the exposure that it has given to aspiring tennis players. He reiterated the fact that sporting activities are complimentary to the development of young children and helps in the cultivation of a healthy lifestyle and therefore he is committed to the nurturing of young talent through sport.
President of the GLTA, Ramesh Seebarran was elated at the turn out despite the overcast and applauded Mr. Panday for his unwavering support for this tennis event. He urged the young ones to have a great two weeks of fun and make friends with each other but be disciplined in their approach to the sport. Vice-President and Junior Development Chairperson Grace McCalman affirmed that the GLTA as an executive body is growing from strength to strength and with more certified coaches and refurbished courts at the Racquet Centre and National Park, there will soon be more facilities for tennis programmes and the local tennis fraternity will be elevated once again. She also highlighted great improvement in their relationship with the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport which is a great achievement for the sport. (Juanita Hooper)
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