Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club

December 4 2014

A New Era! Hot Shots and Juniors at KENSI

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Kensi Kids Inaugural Hot Shots Day October 26th.

anz hs logoOur inaugural ANZ Hot Shots Community Play Day commenced October 26th. with a great turn out of 15 NEW KENSI Hot Shot KIDS! Our Head Coach Declan La Ginestra and assistants, Morgan, Alex and Nick Endenburg ran a supurlative program which was reflected in the childrens’ smiles. 


Head Coach Declan running the Red Balls for the Hot Shots.


The scene at Kensi was inspirational as we have not had a Junior Hot Shots Program ever and our Tennis President Gloria Sumner’s vision of Juniors at Kensi is now a reality. (last time juniors formed in a group like this was 20-25 years ago!)


Our initial introduction to Tennis Hot Shots was also complimented with our newly formed Junior Squad Training Group on Grass.


Our Junior Squad Training consisted of 5 young boys in their early teens and younger, but these guys are going to be the next “Young Guns” on Grass! 


Ayman Achkar swinging a powerful forehand in Squad Training!


Assistant Coach and Kensi Junior, Alex Endenburg demonstrates to Henry the “bollistic” forehand power hit!

 At KENSI, we are really happy to have a great group of “foundation” juniors and look towards our future potential in bringing back that GRASS ROOTS EDGE!

Further inquiries for ANZ Tennis Hot Shots or Junior Squad Session or any of our Junior Programs can be directed to our Director of Junior Development, Rob Endenburg at 0432 994 170 or email [email protected]

Come “N” Try / Open Day Review October 2014

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 Saturday October 11th. 2014 marked a new ERA at Kensi Tennis Club with the “doors opened” to the 2014 Summer Tennis Season to the community and members for a fun filled and traditional tennis day out.

Our special feature program for the day was the “Foundation” of setting up our Brand New ANZ Hot Shots Community Play Program.(on Grass)

Hot Shots Sample on Come n TryOpen Day

At Kensi, we are re inventing new ways to attract kids back to grass courts and deliver a comprehensive junior tennis program for all levels. Please check our New Programs available to all members and non members. 

Even the “Big Kids” got out and had a try at Totem Tennis which is a great development tool for everyone picking up a tennis racket!

The big kids have a go at Totme Tennis

Our Coaching Team worked hard for the day, running lots of “sampler” activities for the “little” ones whilst our Junior Director was doing the PR work with new potential members. 

Kensi Head Coach Declan playing Hot Shots Game

Our volunteers for the day all “chipped in” with our Brand New Barrista’s Coffee Bar Open for business (thanks to our special sponsors) with home baked light snacks , and a great smelling BBQ wafting over the guests noses to make them hungry! We hope to serve regularly during our ANZ Hot Shots Sunday courses every week! (and more)

Club BBQ Hostess Monica at Open Day

Throughout the day, we ran a Colouring In Competition of Sponge Bob Square Pants, (and if you don’t know who he is, check out Nickelodeon TV). Sophie Vinel was our Grand Prize winner and all other entrants received a ” I’m a KENSI Junior” gift bag full of Tennis Aus goodies. Congratulations Sophie!

Our Colouring In Winner Sophie Vinel

For Juniors at Kensi , we are now able to offer Junior Squad Coaching on Grass Courts with Pro Coaches Jay and Dec and Alex. It was great to see some more advanced junior players hit the courts for our Free Play session and getting to meet and know the coaches.

Kids on Court, Open Day

One of our highlights for the day was where “young meets old” on the Tennis Courts of Kensi! Our Saturday afternoon Senior/Social players and members joined us to witness the colour of the courts and young juniors back on the traditional surface of GRASS.

Gloria, our President welcolmed everyone and introduced and launched the Junior Kensi Development Program over traditional afternoon tea, sandwiches, scones etc., followed later by  refreshing beverages served at TB’s. (Tennis Bar!)Afternoon Tea 3pm with club members

Our Open Day Raffle Tickets are still on sale! Lots of Prizes and hope you can all support this activity. Monday night tennis crowd, Tuesdays ladies etc. Will be Drawn on October 19th. after the “Win a Wild Card” to the Australian Open Event hosted by Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club in association with Tennis SA/AUS.  

Tickets $2 or 3 for $5 available from TB’s (Tennis Bar)

1ST. Prize: Australian Open 2014 Tennis Kit incl 2014 Aus Open sweat towel, large towel, wrist sweat bands, “Active Original”  water and water bottle, yonnex racket overgrip, New Wilson Aus Open can of 4 balls, Tennis Aus baseball style cap.

2nd. Prize: Pro Kennex 3-4 Racket Bag

incl. 2 Junior Rackets (21” 23”) with 2 bottles of “Active Original” water and New Wilson Aus Open can of 4 balls.

3rd. Prize: Aerial Totem Tennis & 2x 21” Hot Shots Junior Rackets.

Great Family Fun for all ages.

4th. Prize: Aerial Totem Tennis & 2x 21” Hot Shots Junior Rackets. Great Family Fun for all ages.

5th. Prize:  Babolat Tennis Racket Cover with 23” Hot Shots Racket. Perfect Starter kit for Junior Hot Shots Tennis Players.

6th Prize:  Babolat Tennis Racket Cover with 23” Hot Shots Racket. Perfect Starter kit for Junior Hot Shots Tennis Players.

A Big special thanks to all volunteers and helpers on the day, A special thanks to Rob, Lizzy, Monica, Morgan and Nick with the Juniors.

Hot Shots Team 5 of 8, Oct 11, 2014

Not to forget our KENSI Junior Development Coaching Team that put in many hours on the Grass Courts with the Juniors, Dec, Jay and Alex.

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Great to see supporters of tennis on the day, and watch new guest members have a go on our great looking grass courts. There are plenty of upcoming dates for the tennis season, so please be sure to check our website weekly!

Overall, a well attendened day with many Senior members at the afternoon session and GLORIA’s weather!