Children pick up tennis fundamentals at ActiveSG holiday camp

By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports

ActiveSG June Holiday Programme Tennis

Children get to pick up fundamental techniques at the ActiveSG Tennis Camp during the June school holidays. (Photo 1 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)

Yio Chu Kang Sports Centre, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — Under the ActiveSG Tennis Camp, a group of children aged 5 to 14 got the opportunity to pick up basic tennis skills during the June school holidays.

ActiveSG is one of the recommendations of Vision 2030, an initiative that aims to provide affordable programmes for Singaporeans of all ages and levels.

The camp is managed by a convener from Sport Singapore, and instructed by certified coaches from Tennis Pro Pte Ltd, a local tennis service provider.

“I think it’s good for the kids to pick up some basic techniques over the period of three days,” said Alvin Neo, managing director at Tennis Pro Pte Ltd. “I think the programme can really encourage some of these kids to take up the sport when they grow older.”

“They learn how to take care of each other and of their own equipment, which helps train discipline levels. I think this is very important and of course, they get to understand the importance of teamwork as well,” added the 46-year-old.

Through the three-day camp, participants were introduced to the fundamentals, such as serving and returning techniques. Participants were also trained to be disciplined and to take responsibility and ownership of the tennis rackets that were assigned to them.

“It’s a good opportunity for my child to pick up tennis, because tennis is not a cheap sport,” Saloma Bte Manaff said. The 44-year-old mother registered her nine-year-old daughter, Nurhayati, for the camp.

“It’s the school holidays now and it’s good for the children to have some activities to pass their time. It’s a good opportunity for them to pick up a sport which many of us think is a rich man’s sport,” laughed Saloma.

For more information on ActiveSG programmes, visit: http://www.myactivesg.com/about-activesg/activesg-programmes

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