AMESBURY — For the second time in a month, the Amesbury Recreation Department will hold a United States Tennis Association Play Day Event for people of all ages on Saturday at the Amesbury High School courts.
Recreation Youth Services Director Kathleen Crowley said the first-ever event back in September was so well received that the department decided to offer another one “before it got too cold.”
Brett Manoloff, who works as a tennis instructor at the event and coaches the Amesbury High girls team, said the Play Day helps to promote the sport of tennis in the community.
“We share a vision where the children of Amesbury can enjoy the sport in a fun, athletic, exciting and meaningful way,” he said. “Since tennis is one of the few life-long sports, we feel it’s important to give children the opportunity to try it, learn it and enjoy it for their entire lives.”
Considering that September’s event was right around the start of school, Crowley said it went well and that a larger turnout is expected for Saturday. Crowley said the primary purpose behind Saturday’s event, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is to bring tennis to more youth and get the whole family more active.
“We were able to get a USTA grant to offer specialized equipment, such as lighter and larger racquets, large balls with less compression to make it easier to hit, and smaller nets for the 10-and-under age group,” she sai. “The equipment allows the kids to be more successful in the game while allowing them to have fun.”
Crowley added that because all this equipment has been acquired, the city’s recreation department can now offer tennis year round.
Manoloff said that the establishment of the Play Days is an extension of an After School Enrichment Program offered through the high school’s tennis program and the Parent Teacher Association.