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19 January 2021 | Tennis NSW

Aspiring female junior tennis players are set to benefit from Tennis Australia’s Females in Tennis Development Camps, when the all new initiative launches in New South Wales next month.  

Set to amplify opportunities for girls and women in tennis, Coffs Harbour, Parkes, Tamworth, Ulladulla and Belmont will play host to Females in Tennis Devolpment Camps being rolled out across the state, with a total of 25 camps being held across Australia.

Thanks to funding which comes as part of the 2019 Federal Government’s $12million commitment to women and girls in tennis, the day comes at no cost to players with registrations open to all female junior tennis players aged 10 – 14 years of age.

Kicking off in Coffs Harbour, the first of five camps will be in held at Westside Tennis Club, on Saturday 13 February.  Tennis Australia’s National Lead – Females in Tennis, Emma Shoemaker, and Tennis Australia’s Scholarship Coach – NSW, Jessica Moore will lead the roll out of the five camps to be held around the state

Aiming to develop player performance both on and off the court, participants of the female development camps will share in teachings as presented at Tennis Australia’s national camps; including principles and lessons reserved for the Australian elite national teams.

“These camps are designed to bring girls together and show them that they are an important part of the Australian female tennis community, and that belonging to this community is something special,” said Tennis Australia’s National Lead – Females in Tennis, Emma Shoemaker.

Designed specifically for girls and reflective of what is being seen in the modern women’s game, participants will focus on skill development, peer connection and unique experiences within tennis.

Underpinning the overall philosophy is Tennis Australia’s Wellbeing Program, with activities designed for nurturing the development of emotionally healthy players.

“The format of a camp is unique. We’re able to create a comfortable setting for girls to explore new skills, and we have the time and space to run activities off court.

“Both from a wellbeing and on-court perspective, we know the skills we are teaching in these camps are ones that will be important down the track, especially if girls are looking to pursue high performance tennis.” Said Shoemaker.

Set to offer development opportunities for girls across Australia, the Females in Tennis Development camps will also look to identify players for ongoing opportunities available through both state and national development pathways and camps. These further opportunities also consist of initiatives through Tennis Australia’s inclusion talent pathways so girls identifying with a disability, who currently play tennis, are encouraged to register. Dates are set and registrations open for four camps, with Belmont Tennis Central earmarked to host a camp in term two. Wodonga will also play host to a camp for girls in the South West region of NSW. Dates and registrations details are TBC.

Camp Details

Open to:  Girls aged between 10 -14.

Please note that registration is open to participants from across NSW

Themes:

  • Exploring a key stroke in the women’s game
  • Connection – team, fun & friends
  • Parent session – ‘What girls are looking for from sport’

Northern NSW  – East

Date:  Saturday 13 February

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Westside Tennis Club – Cnr of King and William Streets, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Register here

Central NSW

Date:  Sunday 21 February

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Parkes Tennis Club – Victoria St, Parkes NSW 2870

Register here

Northern NSW – West

Date:  Sunday 7 March

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: West Tamworth Tennis Club – Belmore Park, Gidley St. West Tamworth NSW 2340

Register here

Southern NSW

Date:  Sunday 28 March

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Ulladulla Tennis Complex – Cnr Green & Warden Streets, Ulladulla NSW 2539

Register here

Further event information:

Emma Shoemaker (National Lead – Females in Tennis) at [email protected]