Weekend tennis is ace for kids

Brett Cottrill and his young tennis players.
Brett Cottrill and his young tennis players.

SATURDAY morning tennis has returned to Gympie and the Reg English Memorial Courts for the first time in 15 years.

Coach Brett Cottrill is looking for any budding Lleyton Hewitts or Alicia Moliks to come and learn the game.

The first weekend served up some great junior tennis action. About 20 kids arrived and Cottrill is expecting more to hit the court this Saturday.

“We cater for all levels, from beginners to advanced,” Cottrill said.

“It’s lots of fun for kids.

“They can start playing games straight away with modified nets and balls for kids through Tennis Australia’s Hotshots program.”

“Coaching is now more game-based and fun, instead of standing in a line practising a swing.”

Cottrill said tennis was a great game and the skills learnt from a young age would stay with the kids for life. He said it was an individual sport that could be played anywhere at any age.

“It is a great way to meet people and make lifelong friends,” he said.

He and fellow coach Matthew Watkins are both Tennis Australia accredited tennis professionals.

Cottrill urged any children currently learning tennis at school or who want to play tennis to come along and join in.

Play hits off at 8.30am and goes to 10.30am. Anyone with any inquiries can ring Brett Cottrill on 0417 746 795.

Gympie Times