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University Hill Secondary Students Hit the Tennis Courts

University Hill Secondary tennis got a boost with a new partnership with Tennis BC and the UBC Tennis Centre.

This April, over 300 students trooped across UBC to the UBC Tennis Centre where they spent half a day learning the best way to volley, proper feet positioning and how to properly swing a racket. The kids also got a chance to rally and received lessons from some of UBC's top tennis coaches.

VSB Director of Instruction Denise Johnson says the program was the result of a pilot program aimed at getting students more physically active and helping them discover the world of athletic opportunities available in their backyard.

"With their new school there is no access to tennis courts," she says. "So by partnering with UBC and Tennis BC, it is a way to broaden our access to these athletic resources."

Kyle Cupido is a director of the UBC Tennis Centre. Cupido says he's hoping the kids playing at the courts will "catch the tennis bug" like he has.

"It is fulfilling to see all these young kids playing a game I love," he says. "I'm hoping it will build from there. They always reference tennis being a sport of a lifetime. We would love to duplicate this with other schools and not just limit it to the campus facility. We want to teach tennis out in other VSB schools."

Cupido says 14 of his instructors spent the day working with kids. The equipment the students used were donated by Rackets and Runners and supported financially by Tennis BC. 

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