This spring sees the launch of a new tennis academy in Malta; a welcome addition to the Islands’ sports facilities and one that will no doubt help improve both the awareness and level of the game here. Tennis in Malta may not be the highest priority sport – for either adults or kids – but the popularity of the game is on the up. Soon, we may soon be able to have our own tennis stars gracing the world circuit.
To date, dedicated and ambitious youngsters have mostly had to move abroad to train. But, with the right facilities and professional trainers on the islands, that can change. And for those seeking to play for pleasure and leisure, tennis offers immense benefits; by playing tennis, you can rest assured that not only will you get to know the sport better, but will also see a huge difference in the present state of your physical fitness.
The new academy – TennisLine – offers lessons all year round for both adults and kids. When you sign up, TennisLine spends time up front assessing your level of physical fitness and testing your sport skills so that its team can customise lessons for you. All its programmes are high intensity and aimed at not only improving your game skills but also enhancing your physical skills.
Tennis coaching for kids
For children under the age of 10, the tennis school has three stages of lessons designed according to age and ability. Because the children are taught in groups of maximum four, they receive instruction that is more personal and tailored to their needs. They also gain from interaction with a small group of players of similar ability. TennisLine ensures that the children they coach understand the importance of being part of a team while playing tennis. The sessions are full-on and keep children active throughout, ensuring they don’t need to wait for their turn to play.
The summer training programmes see qualified, international tennis coaches coming in. The current head coach Ivana Kubickova is from Czech Republic and her extensive international experience is unique in Malta. Lessons follow the latest coaching techniques formulated by International Tennis Federation.
With Malta having more than 300 sunny days in a year, the highest amount of all EU countries, and a yearly average temperature of 23° C, it makes a perfect base for outdoor sports, including tennis. TennisLine is clearly filling a gap in the market here for consistent, professional-level coaching and has already already started bringing on tennis players who are competing in international tournaments. To find out more about TennisLine, their coaches, summer schools and year-round sessions for adults and children, visit their website (details below).
Tennis in Malta with TennisLine