March 4, 2014
Tennis to bear fruit in Clare Valley

The ground has been tilled, making way for the sowing of tennis seeds in the Clare Valley community.{{more}}

Providing the necessary tools for the growth is the verdant Grassroot Tennis Club, which recently donated a quantity of racquets and balls to the Clare Valley Government School.

Utilising the Clare Valley hard court, which is in dire need of some restorative work, the germination process will take place soon, as the coaches from the GTC will engage the students in teaching them the rudiments of the sport.

And, the expected talent to be unearthed would then travel to the GTC’s propagation centre, the Haddon Hotel courts on Murray’s Road, on Saturdays, to have their skills fertilised and watered.

The identified talents would be harnessed at no cost to the parents and guardians.

The efforts to spread the sport to the rural communities is in keeping with the GTC’s policy of seeking out talent throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Excited about the prospects of the Clare Valley initiative, head of the GTC Grant Connell, while acknowledging that the court is not in the best shape, said his organisation is prepared to make use of every square inch of the surface.

“We would get the lines painted and a net erected to facilitate the process,” Connell revealed to SEARCHLIGHT.

“It’s another way we can extract the positive energy from the area…I am sure other members from the community will help, since they can use it as well and learn the game,” Connell added.

The Clare Valley talent programme follows a similar move two weeks ago, where the Pamelus Burke Primary School in Byera Hill received tennis gear from the Grassroot Tennis Club.

Connell pointed out that since the Grassroot Tennis Club began its operations four years ago, it has touched several areas on mainland St Vincent, as well as Bequia, Mayreau and Union Island in the Grenadines.

“We are a proactive club. We carry the sport to the people…We search for the talent and do not wait on them to come to us; that is what development and success planning is all about…We are looking for the greater good of the sport, which would, in general, benefit St Vincent and the Grenadines…,” Connell concluded. (RT)