ABN AMRO has committed to continue its successful, long-term partnership with Les Mielles Tennis Club, supporting junior tennis in the community.
The bank, which is the longest established Continental European bank in the Channel Islands, has supported the local club for more than seven years, funding the club’s growing junior schemes including its unique primary school outreach programme.
Phil Harvey from ABN AMRO said that the private bank is delighted to be continuing its support of Les Mielles and its junior members.
‘We have watched the junior tennis programme grow and develop over the last seven years and we are proud of what Joel and his team have accomplished. It is our pleasure to be sponsoring the junior tennis programme again this year and look forward to it reaching more youngsters in the community in 2013 than ever before.’
The club runs a primary school outreach programme, which gives local primary school children access to free tennis lessons for 10 weeks of every year. The aim of the scheme is to introduce the sport to youngsters and improve their tennis technique in a fun environment and (hopefully) to find the island’s tennis talent of tomorrow. In 2012 the lessons were available to four local primary schools, Mont Nicolle, La Moye, Les Landes and St Peter, with more than 250 children from 10 school classes taking part. The club is looking to expand the programme in 2013 to include more local schools and local youngsters.
‘To be able to provide local children with free sports training is really enjoyable, and we are grateful to ABN AMRO for their ongoing support of this,’ said head coach Joel Camp, who manages the primary school outreach programme.
‘ABN AMRO’s continued sponsorship has enabled us to carry on giving free tennis lessons, allowing us to introduce a sport to many youngsters who may not otherwise have had opportunity to try it out. Many of these youngsters then choose to continue participating in the sport after the 10-week programme is finished. It is extremely important that children understand the benefits of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, and this is so much easier to achieve when they enjoy playing sport with their friends.’
The money pledged by AMN AMRO will be split between the primary school outreach programme and the junior matchplay programme. The junior matchplay programme is still in its infancy and will be developed throughout 2013, with 10 tournaments running between March and September. The programme is aimed at spotting talented youngsters and nurturing them by developing the skills required to compete in local and national competitions.