Charlotte Willis is a Club Professional 1 Coach keen to build up a full tennis program in Fernie. Her intentions in Fernie are to provide opportunities to get those who are keen, involved in tennis.
Willis has drafted a long term plan in which she hopes in the future, Fernie would be able to qualify for Tennis BC funding, and possibly progress to indoor facilities.
Willis has now volunteered to be the Community Champion for Fernie which means she will be running a variety of programs supporting there progressive tennis program and community based schemes. Fortunately, they have already received some free tennis equipment for kids to use and will get more every year for the next 4 years.
Willis also will be awarded access to a grant, which would allow them to run regular free sessions for those who can’t afford lessons. They hope to make these sessions regular and ongoing. In addition they want to set up ‘groovy girls camps’, which are free and other events that Tennis BC assist with including free taster sessions in schools.
Currently, they have partnered with Gear Hub to help stock tennis equipment and East Kootaney Credit Union and Freshies for sponsorship to the tournaments.
Willis says she is enthusiastic to put her knowledge and experience in to full practice. With the strong community in Fernie and their enthusiasm for sport, she would like to introduce a tennis program that allows kids and adults to learn the game through fun family orientated atmosphere. From the social and competitive aspects for the adults to the fun skills based learning for the juniors.