Jayden Cox, from Elisabeth Murdoch College, is only 16 years old but he has already coordinated a number of projects to help improve the facilities and running of his local tennis club.
Langwarrin Tennis Club utilises Elisabeth Murdoch College’s courts as an additional venue.
Cox took part in Tennis Victoria’s Future Leader Program in 2011 and was required to take on 40 hours of volunteer work at his local club, where he made a number of significant contributions to courts at his school.
“These changes will create new opportunities for the club and college to become more successful than they currently are,” said Cox.
“The changes may even have an influence on encouraging young tennis players and families to participate at our club or school.”
Cox organised a grant to concrete the area from the clubroom to the courts and arranged for a pergola and an undercover BBQ area to be installed for spectators.
Some of his other achievements include helping run a junior round robin and introduction to tennis day, helping build a fence so the school farm animals wouldn’t graze near the courts, and organising for school maintenance personnel to ensure the tennis posts and nets were ready for Saturday morning competitions by Friday afternoon.
“These changes will possibly create new opportunities for the club and college to become more successful.”
The Future Leaders Program is a Tennis Victoria initiate where year 10 and 11 students participate in a three day camp followed by 40 hours of volunteer work, with the aim of giving back to the tennis community at club level.
Cox is a great example of some of the outstanding contributions our next generation of volunteers are achieving and this won’t be the last, with the next group of Future Leaders finishing their camp today.
To see some photos from the camp, visit our Facebook page.