Tennis: Call for more junior girls after drop off

Creswick’s Mt Prospect Tennis Association is on the hunt for more junior girls to join its ranks ahead of the opening of the tennis season next month. 

Mt Prospect’s Cindy Vanderkley said the association would be doing its best to encourage girls to give the sport a go. 

“We really want to put a big emphasis this year on girls getting into tennis,” she said.

“There has been a real drop in girls playing tennis and all tennis associations are trying to increase the number of girls.”

Vanderkley said the reasons girls had turned away from the sport ranged from doing what their friends were doing instead, finding the competition aspect difficult and a lack of major female players on the circuit. 

But Vanderkley said the club was providing pathways for kids starting out in the sport with a range of programs for all ages and abilities. 

These included a hot shots program for children in the five to eight age bracket, along with the introduction of a development program catering for those aged from eight to eleven.

Vanderkley hoped this new program, which was about teaching the basics of the sport, would help girls’ gain confidence in their skills and better prepare them for the next stages including competition.

The club also caters for 11/under, 14/under and 17/under grades and seniors. 

The junior competition is played predominately on grass on Saturday mornings from 9am until 12pm, while the senior competition takes place on Saturday afternoons. 

Registrations are now open with the season kicking off on Saturday, October 14. For more information contact Natalie McGuinness on 0400 126 664.