LUX* Resorts & Hotels is pleased to announce the introduction of Teddy Tennis at several of its properties as of December 1, 2011. Aimed at children aged three to eight, Teddy Tennis combines music, pictures and teddy bear stories to make a child’s first experience of tennis fun and rewarding.
Teddy Tennis not only teaches the essential tennis skills, but has been shown to enhance co-ordination, improve confidence and self-esteem, build teamwork and explain the concept of fair play and sportsmanship. Children are introduced to the programme via the story book, ‘Danny Bear joins the Teddy Tennis Academy’, which includes stories that encourage good practices such as eating healthy foods and exercising. A host of Bear characters, such as Molly (who likes to volley) and Boris (who loves to bounce) are used to demonstrate basic tennis movements. Music is used to emphasize the rhythm of the moves. Children then copy the moves on court helped by Head Ted – the tennis coach.
Teddy Tennis is a very structured programme, with three core components: Play Sessions, Activities and Music. Children are divided into two age groups: 3 to 5 1/2 (Danny Bear) and 5 1/2 to 8 (Johnny Mac Bear). Teddy Tennis Play Sessions are carefully devised to take account of differences in the age, ability and experience of the children involved. Teddy Tennis Music has been specifically created to provide the right rhythm and timing to play each game or activity.
Teddy Tennis Activities – over 50 in total - focus on three areas of skill development: Movement Skills, Ball Skills and Racquet Skills.Ingenious as the programme is, the reason why Teddy Tennis is a worldwide success is that children enjoy it so much. As co-founder, Stephen Bean, says: “Teddy Tennis helps establish the basis of a healthy life style for children by making exercise and activity fun and involving. Once children get the bug for being active, they will want to stay active for good”. LUX* CEO, Paul Jones, is also enthusiastic: “We want all our guests to enjoy a holiday that is lighter and brighter. Teddy Tennis promises just that for our younger guests”.