Having a ball!
By GREG WHITE
TENNIS is the last thing on the mind of leading coach Allan Pade today.
Until the Harbour Tennis Academy summer camps resume on January 7 there are other things to take his attention.
Right now, Pade has a ringside seat at another 'stick and ball' summer favourite, cheering on the Australian cricketers in the Test match at the MCG.
"We'll get really noisy and give it to India," he laughed.
"And we're on the look out for Greeny (sports writer Brad Greenshields) who I know is also here, to make sure he's barracking for the right side."
The five-day tennis coaching clinics at Westside Tennis Club during December and January have become as much a fixture on the local school holiday calendar as the Boxing Day Test.
The first sessions were held pre-Christmas but bookings for three further camps starting January 7, 14 and 21, are now being taken.
"Coaching sessions are held every day between 10am and 3pm but we have made special arrangements for working families and families on holidays who wish to drop the kids off while they do something else," Pade said.
"The courts in King Street, Coffs Harbour will be open from 8am and the children are supervised in a grassed, fenced area until 5pm.
"We don't just cater for those who love tennis but welcome any children who've never played the game before with lots of multi-skill games and activities."
Pade will be assisted across the summer by qualified coaches, Ben Vandenberg and Jarred Kelly.
"Ben is a former junior here at Westside who just turned up one day with an old wooden racquet, looking for lessons," he said.
"Since then, he's kicked on in a big way and is an expert in the coaching field.
"Jarred came down from Brisbane just on a year ago and it's fantastic how he's settled in."
The first 25 children to register receive a $20 tennis gift pack.
Bookings can be made on 6652 7694 or firstname.lastname@example.org