NYA Partners with Net Generation to Introduce Tennis to Elementary Students

Yarmouth, Maine, May 27, 2021: North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is pleased to announce its certification as a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Net Generation School. Through a partnership with the USTA, which also included a grant to support the construction of the new Poulin Family Tennis Courts on campus, the Academy also received training programs, teaching and learning tools, right-sized equipment, and access to experts in an effort to introduce young people to the game of tennis.

The mission of Net Generation is “to spread the love of tennis to a new generation, by empowering those that will teach them. Coaches, organizers, and teachers can gain access to the expertise of the USTA as they work with leading experts worldwide to develop new play formats, curricula, and digital tools. Net Generation is innovating to reach a new generation and a new era of tennis.” This spring, Lower School physical education teacher, Heather Dean, and Upper School tennis coach, Lori Poulin P’22, used the Net Generation curriculum and equipment, which included properly sized racquets and balls, to teach tennis to students in kindergarten to grade five. The USTA Net Generation Tennis format is about fitting tennis to kids based on age, physical size, and skill level. By using age appropriate court dimensions, equipment (racquets and balls), net heights and scoring systems, coupled with a play component, kids will have more fun and success learning to play tennis.

NYA Athletic Director, Kelsy Ross, explained, “Our partnership with Net Generation allows us to introduce Lower School students to the game of tennis in a way that shows them how wonderful the game really is. The combination of class equipment, age appropriate playing spaces and the enthusiastic teaching of Heather and Lori highlight the benefits of this lifelong physical activity. NYA tennis is on the move!”

Net Generation strives to create a positive and welcoming environment for players of all ages. By focusing on play, building character, and championing individual challenges, the program aims to empower children to grow and develop at their own pace. Net Generation provides players with the opportunity to enjoy tennis on their own terms. The USTA strongly believes that kids who play tennis will be healthier, happier, and have a game they can play for life. By capturing the thrill and fun of the game and developing skills on and off the court, we can build the next generation of greats.

“We are thrilled to have North Yarmouth Academy on board as a Net Generation school partner. There are countless physical and mental benefits of tennis, and we’re excited to introduce the lifetime sport to so many new students. Hopefully, we will see many of these players continue on with tennis well beyond school hours,” said Matt Olson, USTA New England Executive Director and COO.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to post graduate students with an enrollment of 375 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or information@nya.org.

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