Gore Family Foundation Hosts 'Play & Stay' Tennis Workshop For Teachers
A highlight of the current school term, was the staging of the first of three workshops in October, for many of Gore Family Foundation's (GFF) basic schools: Gospel Refuge, Amy Bailey, Arnold Road, Sandy Park, Sandhurst Basic, St. Anne's Infant, Mission Hall Methodist, Chetolah Park, St. John's and Sylvia Foote; all Early Childhood Institutions in the GFF's Basic School Development Drive.
Coach Evan Williams, the Foundation's stalwart of 'Play & Stay' Tennis, hosted the workshop (thanks to Tennis Jamaica for the venue!) imparting his considerable expertise, which was enthusiastically received by all who attended.
Emphasis was on the coaches and teachers alike to be educated and informed on the importance of play in a child's mental and physical growth together with the developmental processes that children undergo within the programme. Interest was very high with the workshop's participants fully interacting and eager to learn. The teachers especially found it fascinating to finally understand exactly how their young students learn the sport of tennis via the Play & Stay method.
All participants are now motivated to take the knowledge back to their schools and those teachers in attendance are now much more receptive and supportive of the programme, having undergone a bit of Play & Stay themselves! One teacher who had attended a previous workshop has subsequently changed schools and is eager to start a program where she now teaches.
Play & Stay Tennis - its working wonders at the basic schools and the children of Jamaica love it!