Comino Participation Weekend – An Encouraging Success!

Monday, May 3, 2010, 15:30

by Wilfred Sultana

The St. Andrews Tennis School Participation Weekend in Comino took place over the last weekend of April practically one year from the School’s foundation. The idea of Participation Day, on the occasion extended to a weekend, has been well received. This saw 68 juniors and 28 parents taking part and enjoying themselves in an active and social environment.

The juniors, whose ages ranged from the ages of 4 and 16 years, had an animated programme of activities geared up consisting of fun drills, games and a tournament played over the duration of the weekend. The parents played at a doubles team tournament which consisted of three matches each. The inspiration of Participation Day was successful on this occasion too – putting the focus on participation rather than on winning, where the junior tennis players (and parents) automatically relax and enjoy the game rather than worry about winning or losing.

Tennis is the game and happiness is on all faces of participating juniors and parents at the Comino Participation Weekend organised by St. Andrews Tennis School here seen together with tennis coaches Claire Arrigo, Chris Gatt, Steffi Pace, Nick D'Ancona, Justin Brooke, Lisa Camenzuli, and Rob Tarpey. (Photo by Kurt Arrigo)

Tennis is the game and happiness is on all faces of participating juniors and parents at the Comino Participation Weekend organised by St. Andrews Tennis School here seen together with tennis coaches Claire Arrigo, Chris Gatt, Steffi Pace, Nick D'Ancona, Justin Brooke, Lisa Camenzuli, and Rob Tarpey. (Photo by Kurt Arrigo)

“We had a fantastic weekend where the parents could watch their kids play and the juniors enjoyed seeing their parents take part in the same event”, remarked Claire Arrigo who together with her brother Chris Gatt runs St. Andrews Tennis School at the Pembroke Rackets Tennis Club (PRTC)

When the kids were not on the tennis courts other activities were taking place, like a Pirates Treasure Hunt set up around the island having a number of tasks to perform which finally lead to finding the treasure. Again this was a team event and every team won, thus stressing the concept of Participation. The Comino experience was sponsored by NEXT.

The organisers were pleased that the event created a strong sense of team spirit from the parents and the kids. The concept of Participation Day once again proved to be the best form of encouragement to the kids not only to improve their tennis skills but simultaneously to stay fit and healthy.





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