Over the years Rolph Street teacher Dan Dube has worked with kids in the community teaching hockey, baseball, and speed skating. Now he's giving tennis lessons at the Tillsonburg Community Centre.
"I brought my daughter to tennis lessons in London, and because I'm a phys ed teacher I looked at what was happening and I thought, 'I could do this.'"
So he introduced a tennis curriculum at Rolph Street Public School, and decided to get tennis coaching certification. He approached the Community Centre and three new tennis lesson programs were developed for 2014.
"I've got three different groups – 5-7 year olds, 8-10 and 11-14," said Dube, who has 17 kids registered for an eight-week spring session.
"I think it's going to take off. Once people hear about it, I think it will be full all the time. Kids love it."
A four-week summer session begins July 8 and will run through the month of July – with times available Tuesdays or Thursdays mornings – until July 31. Summer groups start at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. There is a limit of four children per one-hour time slot, so his maximum number per session is 24.
Registration for the summer tennis lessons at the Tillsonburg Community Centre is $80 and it includes equipment.
An eight-week fall session will be offered from Sept. 10 to Oct. 27, Wednesdays and Saturdays.