HOT SHOT: New tennis coach Brandon Rowe is keen to bring in as many new players as possible to the Ballina Tennis Club.
HOT SHOT: New tennis coach Brandon Rowe is keen to bring in as many new players as possible to the Ballina Tennis Club.

New coach has big plans for Ballina Tennis Club

IT MAY take a few years, but new coach Brandon Rowe has big plans in place for the Ballina Tennis Club.

Rowe has had plenty of success in his three years coaching in Murwillumbah, and has introduced similar programs to put in place at Ballina.

"When I started at Murwillumbah we had 20 kids and now we're up to nearly 140," Rowe said.

"I really want to get Ballina to that same level too.

"I can see it happening - you just need to get a bit of momentum going."

Rowe has started a free four-week program aimed at introducing kids to the game on Saturday mornings.

He is halfway way into it with 32 kids having already attended.

It is still open for any kids interested to join, with the third week taking place on Saturday.

"That's one I always do," Rowe said.

"At the end of it we send out an information pack and the kids that stay on (after) get a free shirt and racquet."

Rowe is originally from New Zealand and has had two coaching stints on the Tweed.

He is continuing at Murwillumbah and is being assisted at Ballina by Stephen Gort and other coaches.

Rowe will be in competition for Ballina in the first round of the Phoenix Cup in Casino this Sunday.

The inter-club competition is in its second year and one of many Rowe hopes can be a success.

"The first aim is to get more kids involved, and we're starting a Friday night competition as well," Rowe said.

"After the four-week program we try to see if we can get the parents involved too.

"There is some new blood at the club and I think it's onwards and upwards from here."


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