The Liverpool Tennis Club invited Scott Hurtubise from Tennis Nova Scotia to “bring tennis to kids,” says Taryn Jollimore, president of the club.
“Progressive tennis is geared towards kids, featuring smaller racquets, nets and slower balls for easier learning and development,” she adds.
Jollimore says part of the reason for asking Tennis Nova Scotia to come to Queens County was because the tennis season is approaching, which means lessons are slated to begin in the next few weeks. It’s also a good way to connect with and become active in schools, she adds.
“For us it’s about promoting the sport to let the kids have a fun time, and show them that tennis is fun,” says Jollimore, who is taking on the role of president for the first time.
Sheldon Brannen is the past president and is now the vice president.
The tennis season starts about the same time school ends, but the club is hosting an open house this Saturday, June 9.
Jollimore says so far she has a few ideas for the approaching season. She would like to host a women’s night. The night will be open to members and non-members, and the aim is to promote tennis to another demographic. She says the evening won’t be just about tennis, but it will also be a way for people to socialize and have fun.
“As far as the juniors go, there’s a Davis Cup circuit,” says Jollimore.
Each week, teams play against one another at the local clubs. Clubs include Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Chester and Liverpool.
Liverpool is again set to host the South Shore Regional Tournament. The club has hosted the event for the past four years, says Jollimore. Anyone from the province is welcome to play, and it counts toward the provincial-rating program.
The tournament is slated to happen on July 20, 21 and 22.
Jollimore says all that’s really needed to play tennis is a racquet and a pair of comfortable shoes. She says the club has some racquets people can use to try the sport.
“Kids don’t need anything (for lessons). We’ve got 12 small racquets and (a) net and balls,” Jollimore says.
Membership options include junior, adult, combo, couple and family packages. Memberships are good for the year and include lessons.
Juniors are grouped according age, and lesson times vary each day of the week.
For more information about the Liverpool Tennis Club and its programs, visit www.liverpooltennisclub.ca.