LOCAL tennis enthusiasts from Scone, Singleton and Muswellbrook took their first steps to becoming a professional tennis coach last Saturday at Scone Tennis Club.
Tennis Australia Course Facilitators Maurice Murphy and Kathy Fahim delivered the course to participants from local tennis clubs who want to encourage more kids to pick up a racquet and grow the game in their area.
The Foundation Tennis coaching course is one day and offers anyone over the age of 14 an opportunity to participate in best practice lessons for coaching under 8’s as well as up-skilling you on the roles and responsibilities of being a coach.
Mr Murphy advises "that Tennis NSW are committed to growing the coaching workforce across NSW and I will be delivering the Foundation course over the next 12 months in various parts of the Northumberland region, with the majority of these courses being fully subsidised."
"We are proud to be subsidising a variety of Tennis Australia coaching courses to encourage the next generation of coaches to have a taste of formal education," he said.
Scone Tennis Club president Kirsty Cole said it's hoped the club will be able to offer afternoon tennis lessons again within a couple of weeks.
"We will advise the community of when and how these lessons will be organised as soon as we can," she said.
"Stay tuned to the Scone Hardcourt Tennis Association Facebook page also for updates as they can be arranged.
"The summer women's Tuesday night tennis comp continues, any new players are always welcome and can easily be included in a team.
"There is a social men's tennis group who gather on Monday night and play a few sets at 6pm.
"Please contact Scott on 0419 433 188 if you would like to join in."