Racquets were raised and ready as 17 children played in the Rookies Tennis Tournament (RTT) at James White Park. Fernie’s first sanctioned tennis event was designed for kids who have just started getting into the sport.
The Rogers Rookie Tour offers non-elimination events for novice boys and girls ages U8-U16 years. Three age groups, under eights, 10’s and 12’s participated in the RTT on Friday, July 5.
“Tennis in Fernie is just starting to boom. Kids here are so exposed to sport they pick tennis up very quickly and more importantly, they enjoy it,” said tennis coach Charlotte Willis.
This national program is designed to bridge the gap between entry-level tennis and the provincial competitive junior circuit. Players were ensured multiple matches and received a player package, which included a Rookie Tour shirt. Participation also provided a complimentary one-year membership with Tennis BC.
“It is the highlight of my coaching career to watch the kids I teach enjoy tennis, show great sportsmanship and improve so quickly,” said Willis. “We have more than doubled the junior membership since Fernie Tennis Coaching was established over three years ago. Our growing club has earned enough income to provide the kids with junior nights.”
With sponsors like Tennis BC, Teck, East Kootenay Credit Union, Gear Hub, Freshies, Blackstone Lodge and Fernie Tennis Coaching the club is hoping to have practice walls in the near future.