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Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Camp and coaches

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Camp and coaches

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Lauren Jones

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Lauren Jones

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Laragh Walsh

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Laragh Walsh

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Fionn Doherty

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Fionn Doherty

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Harrison McCarthy

Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Harrison McCarthy

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Junior Christmas Tennis Camp at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Camp and coaches

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The pandemic may have stymied the social lives of children across the county but a six-day tennis camp at Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club (WHBTC) allowed participants to forget about Covid-19 and simply enjoy themselves. Held over two weeks during the Christmas holidays, the camp brought over 30 children to the courts as they learned a selection of new skills and strokes to help with their game. With both members and non-members present the camp provided all players with the opportunity to play tennis in a friendly environment with and against similarly skilled players.

Lauren Jones said the camp had met her expectations and, as well making new friends, praised the coaches for their work. When asked what his favourite part of the camp was Harrison McCarthy chose the doubles game in which he and Shona beat Emmet and Oliver. This theme continued with Laragh Walsh who said she had now learned how to play doubles properly. One of her opponents had been Fionn Doherty who again cited the doubles matches as the most enjoyable feature of the camp.

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Among those providing the advice was head coach Ella Kavanagh who has risen through the ranks at WHBTC to become one of its top trainers at the age of just 17. But, as she explained, she has a grá for coaching. “I’m a sailing instructor as well so I like helping and teaching people,” she said. “I love seeing the kids thrive and develop because I was their age once and I had coaches here too, it’s great to see them grow through the club.”

Austin Pender has been organising the camps and he was hopeful this would be the first of many for children across the county. “It was just a way of getting the kids to start the year on a good note, it’s the first year we’ve done it,” he said. “The coaching will start again in mid-January and we’ll run another camp in Easter.”


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