“The best kept secret at the Bethany beaches” is hoping to no longer be such a great secret.
Seeing their membership numbers declining over the past couple of years, the Bayside Tennis Club is hoping to re-ignite the passion of the sport in the area’s youth with a weeklong tennis camp.
The camp is scheduled to take place from June 10-14 at the club from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is open to boys and girls ages 7-12. The cost of the camp is $200 and includes a camp T-shirt. Those families with a second child would pay just $300.
It is the first-ever youth tennis camp at Bayside.
“Bayside has been around since 1974,” said Club President Sandi Roberts, who is also the Membership Chair. “Many of our members are ‘aging out,’ and don't have children who play tennis to pass their membership on to so they are resigning; hence our membership is slowly declining. Last year, we started opening the courts to non-members to rent court time by the day or the week. That brought in some income, but the people who bought court time were vacationers in the area looking for a short-term place to play tennis, not looking for a club to join. We're hoping that, if we can get some local children interested in the game of tennis, then their parents might be interested in joining so the kids have a place to play.”
Coaching the camp will be longtime Sea Colony Tennis Pro Pete Silverman, who is currently operating as the club’s daily court maintenance person. Pete’s wealth of experience and expertise will help cultivate any prospective young tennis players.
The plan for the camp is for instruction and drills to take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a break for lunch, which campers should bring on their own. Then from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. campers will participate in supervised play with those of equal ability levels.
To register for the camp, call Sandi Roberts at (302) 462-5204. Deadline to register is June 6.
The club also has an Open House set to take place this Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will include a Fast Start Tennis for children, and adults will get a shot at working with the ball machine. Those looking to attend should BYOR — Bring Your Own Racquet.
For more information on the club, check out their website at www.baysidetennisclub.com.
By Jason Feather