Govt help puts kids on court
ONE Dalby club is aiming to bring fresh air, exercise and friendly competition into the lives of children whose families are financially under the pump.
Faultless Tennis Academy is participating in the Get Started program, a Queensland Government scheme that subsidises club sports to $150.
Head coach Ben Campbell said the voucher could be cashed in at the club in exchange for lessons or membership.
"Juniors can become members of the club and can access some coaching, some match play and all the programs that I run, through that funding,” he said.
Campbell estimates the club had been participating for between three and four years and, in that time, he's coached at least two students a term who are able to attend because of the funding.
"We obviously promote that as an opportunity for people who are finding it difficult financially to be involved,” he said.
"This does allow those people that opportunity to participate in an organised sport and get their kids out of the house, outside and active and developing gross motor skills which is so important for junior development across the board,” he said.
He said tennis was one of the few sports that could be considered a sport for life.
"I'm obviously a little biased but tennis is one of the few sports where you don't need a huge team to play it later in life,” he said.
"You only need one other person to have a hit.
"Tennis is also one of the very few sports that does have such development and fine motor skills.
"There's a lot of crossover benefit to activity in general but also that development of finer gross motor skills does lead to better concentration and better results at school.”
Term one of tennis starts next week but students are welcome to sign up at any time.
"We try to not turn anyone away,” Campbell said.
To sign up or for more information, phone the club on 0414645916.
Parents can apply for the funding directly through the Queensland Government.