Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Summer Fun

Coach Wayne’s Corner

Summer is here and there are plenty of activities that are being offered for kids on Marco Island.

As a coach, I believe that the more sports a young person can be exposed to, the better they will be at all sports!

As a parent, I believe summer vacation is a time for kids to enjoy fun activities, like going to the beach, or the movies, or just hanging out at home and having a barbeque and swimming in the pool for the afternoon.

So, as a coach and a parent, my advice is to make sure your kids have a well-rounded summer, which includes a lot of organized fun activities and some chill out time.

The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be offering many fun activities over the summer, such as jewelry camp, cooking camp, sailing camp and of course Camp Mackle will be offered daily, Monday through Friday all summer.

My Island Kids Summer Tennis Sports Camp at The Racquet Center will run through the end of summer. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 10 AM, for kids age five and up. Kids may attend on either a daily or weekly basis.

As many of you already know, my Island Kids Tennis Sports Camp is a program which I run on a year round basis.

While my main focus is on the sport of tennis, I have found that when kids participate in other seasonal sports, such as soccer, football and softball, when they come back to play tennis the skills they learned in these other sports improve their ability to perform in the sport of tennis.

The programing and activities in my Summer Sports Camp at The Racquet Center will include a combination of activities related to tennis and all sports.

Kids will learn the fundamentals of tennis through an organized, diversified and fun blend of activities, which include tennis, pickleball, wallyball, and beachball tennis. The daily activities also include a healthy snack break of fruit and popcorn in the recreation room.

The Island Kids Tennis Summer Sports program has a following of players who come from all over the country and around the world to vacation on Marco Island and participate in the program. Having the opportunity to make friends from around the globe is part of what makes living on Marco Island different and special for our local kids.

This summer I am working in coordination with Mackle Park. Kids who are attending Camp Mackle will be brought to The Racquet Center to be able to participate in my Island Kids Tennis Sports Camp.

Time passes quickly and our kids grow up before we know it, so be sure to enjoy family time with your kids this summer, and make an effort to take advantage of all of the fantastic activities and programming that is available for your kids here on our island paradise.

Wayne Clark is a certified professional tennis instructor with over 25 years experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction. He has been the head instructor at The Marco Island Racquet Center since 2001. The Racquet Center offers clinics, private and group lessons for both tennis and pickleball. Coach Wayne’s Island Kids Tennis/Sports Juniors programs run year round, and offer classes for players ranging from kindergarten through high school. Contact Coach Wayne by email at coachwayneclark@aol.com or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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