Le Petit Tennis
Le Petit Tennis is "The Art of Teaching Tennis with Storytelling"
Le Petit Tennis (LPT) (3-5 yrs) is a visual story-based tennis program to help children of ages 3 to 5 to discover tennis through a series of engaging stories while traveling across countries and cultures reaching all backgrounds. The extraordinary voyages incorporate a story and image based component that allows for better communication with children and maximizes their attention span and focus. Kids learn in a safe fun environment with small-format courts and age-adapted equipment like large inflatable balls, lower nets, and smaller racquets.
Tennis Canada and the Provincial Tennis Associations are using Le Petit Tennis to get kids engaged in tennis at a young age.
At Le Petit Tennis, children as young as three wait impatiently to fly yellow ducklings over a mountain to find the mother duck. They shout in relief as their duck flies safely above the crocodile lurking at the foot of the mountain. And when their duckling returns, the odyssey begins again.
These children are not engrossed in a Chinese fable or a high tech video game, they are playing tennis, without knowing it. Le Petit Tennis method engages children in role play to teach the game. They create images and stories for the tennis equipment, techniques and boundaries to learn the fundamentals of the game.
Colorful storybooks and stickers (“My First Tennis Book Series“) add excitement and feed youngsters’ imaginations through many educational adventures in a journey across countries and cultures. Keeping playing at home is easy with the “Starter Kit” which regroups all the adapted equipment linked to the stories.
Le Petit Tennis is the brainchild of former ATP and WTA tennis pros, Jean Philippe and Sybile Fleurian. In 2001, Jean Philippe and his wife Sybile founded Le Petit Tennis with the goal of teaching tennis to young children—and actually crafted the curriculum with sports psychologists, child development specialists and tennis trainers from the French Tennis Federation with their two young daughters in mind.
In Le Petit Tennis lessons, coaches use a series of stories, colorful books, games, small-format courts with decorations and age-adapted equipment like large inflatable balls, lower nets, and bigger rackets to teach.
The great thing about Le Petit Tennis is that instructors require no prior knowledge of tennis – anyone with a love for young children can deliver this program successfully. The classes may be held both indoors and outdoors with no need of a tennis court.
Le Petit Tennis began in January 2001 in South Florida. Jean Fleurian, CEO, was a top 40 tennis player in the world with wins against celebrated players such as Boris Becker, amongst others. His goal with Le Petit Tennis was to make tennis accessible at a grass roots level and help promote the development of a healthy lifestyle at the earliest age.
Since its development, Le Petit Tennis has grown to be over 19 countries like the U.S., Italy, Brazil, France, and Israel, to name a few.
Today Le Petit Tennis reaches over 100,000 children every year.