Advantage Tennis and Sports Camp is now accepting registrations for its sixth summer of one- and two-week programs for kids aged three to 16. The camp is offered at Taylor Tennis Club, 1500 Taylor Ave.
"Seventy five per cent of the kids who take part in summer camp stay on for winter programs," says Marcie Saifer, director and head pro for Advantage Tennis and Sports Camp.
The River Heights resident was a top player in Manitoba for many years before retiring from competition to teach the sport full-time nearly 25 years ago.
All of the instructors are certified by the Manitoba Tennis Association, and a number of them are her former students.
"They are all players and teachers," says Saifer. "And they are wonderful with the kids."
This year, programs run from July 5 to Aug. 27. Kids can sign up for one or two weeks, mornings or full days. They are grouped by age and level of experience.
For the youngest players (ages 3 to 6), the Tiny Tots program runs for one week from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids spend half the session practising tennis, and play other sports and do some arts and crafts activities for the remainder of the time.
Children seven and up have the option of attending from 9 a.m. to noon or from 9 to 4 p.m.
Full-day program participants spend the majority of their days in tennis activities, and 90 minutes of other sports including softball, soccer, mini Olympics and Frisbee.
Two-week program participants cover a week of skills, technique and strategy training, followed by a week of tournaments. One-week participants do only the skills, technique and strategy training part.
Saifer started playing tennis at the age of 17, when a new indoor tennis club went up on Taylor Avenue.
"I lived nearby," she says. "I played. I got addicted. This is a great sport for life."
Now she has taught people aged three to 85 the techniques and joys of the game.
"It's a great sport for all," she says. "It helps keep you in shape. You meet people. And it's an accomplishment when you do well."
Advantage Tennis and Sports Camp supplies all equipment, and they also offer parents the option of early dropoff (8 a.m.) and late pickup (6 p.m.).
For registration information, call Saifer at Advantage Tennis and Sports Camp at 489-1152.
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