In an effort to reinvigorate and further develop and grow the sport of Tennis in St Lucia, the St Lucia Tennis Association Inc. (SLTAI) is embarking on the revision of a number of programs to help develop players for the sport of tennis throughout the island. Some of these programs include the Schools Tennis Initiative Program (STI).
This initiative first started in 1996 (by the ITF) and aims to help nations introduce mini tennis in schools and clubs to children aged 6 – 10 years old. Currently, the SLTAI plays host to seven schools in the program.
The SLTAI is excited to recommence the 2017 schools program scheduled for Monday 11th September at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour, Gros-Islet. The program is geared towards introducing the sport to kids who has never played before and provides opportunities for them in the sport.
The program is done in one of three ways; the schools come to the National Tennis Centre and receive instruction from the coaches free of charge. There is an outreach program set for schools that are not in close proximity to the centre in that the coaches go out to the schools and administer training at the school grounds or community courts nearby. Also the Tennis Association provides equipment to the schools who already have trained P.E Teachers.
Currently attempts are underway to bring tennis to primary schools in the south of the the island. Scyla Murray is the Junior Tennis Initiative Coordinator in St. Lucia.