Aspiring female junior tennis players in Tasmania are set to benefit from Tennis Australia’s Females in Tennis Development Camp, when the newly-introduced initiative hits the state early next month.
Set to amplify opportunities for girls and women in tennis, Devonport Tennis Club will play host to the first instalment of two 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 $12 million commitment to women and girls in tennis, the North-based camp comes at no cost to players, with registrations open to all female junior tennis players aged 9 – 14 years.
Hitting the Devonport Tennis Club on Sunday 6 December, participants will enjoy a full day development camp led by National Development Squad Coach, Raphael Durek and Tennis Tasmania’s Schools Development Coordinator, Alyssa Hibberd.
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 Fed Cup Team.
Females in Tennis National Lead Emma Shoemaker believes the holistic approach of the camps will provide participants with a well-rounded development experience.
“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,” she said.
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 programs overall philosophy, will be Tennis Australia’s Wellbeing Program, with activities designed for nurturing the development of emotionally healthy players.
“The format of a camp is unique,” Shoemaker said.
“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.”
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, with girls identifying with a disability, who currently play tennis, are encouraged to register.
Date: Sunday 6 December
Time: 10am to 4:30pm
Location: Devonport Tennis Club, Eugene Street, Devonport 7310
Open to: Girls from across Tasmania aged between 9-14
Themes include: Exploring a key stroke in the women’s game
Connection – team, fun & friends
Parent session – ‘What girls are looking for from sport’