Aspiring female junior tennis players are set to benefit from Tennis Australia’s Females in Tennis Development Camp, when the new initiative hits the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club next month.
Set to amplify opportunities for girls and women in tennis, Warrnambool will play host to the first instalment of four 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 south-west based camp comes at no cost to players, with registrations open to all female junior tennis players aged 9 – 14 years of age.
Hitting the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday 20 December, participants will enjoy a full day development camp led by Tennis Australia’s National Lead – Females in Tennis, Emma Shoemaker and Tennis Australia’s Scholarship Coach, Genevieve Lorbergs.
Aiming to develop player performance both on and off the court, participants of the female development camps will share in teachings presented at Tennis Australia’s national camps; including principles and lessons reserved for the Australian Fed Cup Team.
“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 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. 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.
Date: Sunday 20 December
Time: 10am to 5pm
Location: Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club – Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool VIC 3280
Open to: Girls aged between 9-14 (Please note that registration is open to participants from across VIC)
- Exploring a key stroke in the women’s game
- Connection – team, fun & friends
- Parent session – ‘What girls are looking for from sport’
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