Philosophy

Aim

Our aim at Fairplay Sports is to help local children, adolescents and young adults develop skills, values and attributes that will assist them to be happy, successful and productive people.

Rationale

Sport provides people with opportunities to be fit and healthy, interact socially, develop focus skills, work in a team environment and develop skills for coping with disappointment.  At Fairplay Sports, we have created a program that encourages adolescents and young adults to stay involved in sport, as we train and employ them as sports coaches.  As such, these kids receive the benefits of playing sports, whilst developing their communication skills, leadership and emotional intelligence.

Outcomes

We design our individual lessons and terms using the outcomes that we wish our students to achieve as a guide.  These outcomes are based on the students’ age and development.

 

Little Tackers – 3 to 5 years – will develop:

  • the fundamental components of groundstrokes, volleys and serves;
  • fundamental gross-motor skills, such as throwing, catching and hitting;
  • improved balance and footwork;
  • a love of tennis;
  • listening skills;
  • focus;
  • impulse control.

Juniors – 6 to 9 years – will develop:

  • the fundamental components of groundstrokes, volleys, overheads and serves;
  • fundamental gross-motor skills, such as throwing, catching and hitting;
  • improved balance and footwork;
  • the ability to score sets and tiebreakers;
  • a basic understanding of tactics;
  • a love of tennis;
  • listening skills;
  • focus;
  • impulse control;
  • creative and critical thinking

Intermediates – 10 to 14 years – will develop:

  • the ability to create trouble off groundstrokes using consistency, pace, depth, spin and placement;
  • a compact volley technique that allows accurate placement;
  • a powerful and accurate overhead;
  • an upwards and outwards service action that is the foundation for serving with power and spin;
  • the ability to feed the ball with a forehand volley technique;
  • the ability to score sets and tiebreakers;
  • an understanding of tactics;
  • listening skills;
  • focus;
  • communication skills;
  • creative and critical thinking;
  • empathy;
  • self-confidence.

Advanced – 12 years to young adults – will develop:

  • the ability to create trouble off groundstrokes using consistency, pace, depth, spin and placement;
  • a compact volley technique that allows accurate placement;
  • a powerful and accurate overhead;
  • the ability to hit serves with power, consistency, accuracy and a variety of spin;
  • the ability to feed the ball with a forehand volley technique;
  • the ability to score sets and tiebreakers;
  • an advanced understanding of tactics;
  • listening skills;
  • focus;
  • communication skills;
  • creative and critical thinking;
  • empathy;
  • self-confidence.
  • problem-solving skills.

Adults – 18 years +

  • the ability to create trouble off groundstrokes using consistency, pace, depth, spin and placement;
  • a compact volley technique that allows accurate placement;
  • a powerful and accurate overhead;
  • the ability to hit serves with power, consistency, accuracy and a variety of spin;
  • improved fitness.