Little Aces

Little Aces tennis program

it all started with the kids

New Initiative

The Okanagan Little Aces Tennis Community program is an exciting, new community tennis initiative for U12 in the Okanagan, BC developed by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC, in partnership with the City of Kelowna and the School District # 23. Utilizing the progressive tennis method, the Okanagan Little Aces Community program encourages young players to play quickly and successfully, demonstrating that tennis is not only a great and fun game to play but a sport of a lifetime!

Modeled along the lines of the very successful pilot program run in Mississauga, Ontario, last summer, the program is designed to introduce affordable and accessible tennis programs for children (able body and wheelchair) at community centres, parks, clubs, and schools. The program is a collaborative effort between Tennis Canada and Tennis BC to grow the game of tennis by bringing more young people into the game of tennis and keeping them playing.

The Okanagan Little Aces Community launch uses the BTC community development principles while at the same time addressing the national need to develop the first three stages of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and help introduce tennis at an earlier age, i.e. at the same age other sports are being introduced to Canadian families (ages 3.5 – 6 years old).

Visit the Tennis BC and Tennis Canada websites for additional information.

Why Tennis?

tennis is a sport like no other

  • Tennis can be played by both men and women and is one of the few sports that can engage the entire family and be played for a lifetime.
  • Tennis is good for the brain promoting cognitive development by helping increase concentration and focusing skills.
  • Tennis meets and exceeds several physical developmental milestones for children ages 5-9, improving fitness and skill levels while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Tennis is a superb cardiovascular workout and is also great for improving agility, strength and hand-eye coordination.
  • Tennis is more effective in burning off calories than hiking, playing softball, baseball, volleyball, doing low impact aerobics, weightlifting, or riding a stationary bike.
  • As a non-combatant, non-contact sport, tennis is safer than many other sports.
  • Tennis can be played individually or as part of a team.
  • Because it is self-officiating, tennis teaches ethics and integrity.
  • The equipment is inexpensive, and with the growing popularity of road tennis, it can be played literally anywhere … in a drive way or on any other hard surface.
  • Tennis can open many doors … thousands of universities and colleges in the North America offer scholarships to players who compete for their varsity teams. In fact, more tennis scholarships are available for females than for any other sport.