THC Bad Oldesloe offers open tennis all day

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THC Bad Oldesloe supports young tennis players at the school

Bad Oldesloe.Till has focused his eyes on the ball, which flies over the net, swings its racket, hits it and sends the ball back into the opponent’s box. Now it’s Alessia’s turn. She meets Christopher as well as afterwards. “I’ve always wanted to play tennis, now it works here at school – and it’s really fun. But it is also exhausting, ”explains the eight-year-old. Till and Alessia confirm it. All three and about ten other children use this free offer in the open around the clock (OGT) at Masurenwegschule (SaM) and learn from coach Benjamin Protz not only how to hit the ball over the net, but also how to clarify attitude to backhand and forehand as well as the serve.

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Oldesloer tennis player suggested AG at SaM

SaM has in collaboration with the district town’s tennis and hockey club (THC) for the third year in a row offered an hour course once a week in the primary school’s large sports hall. “Right from the start, the students’ interest was great,” reports Vice-Rector Uta Düstersiek, on whose occasion the course was created in the first place. The vice president, who himself was once a successful tennis player, personally took care of the equipment, procured extra children’s rackets and soft balls and also established contact with THC. There they immediately became enthusiastic. “Unfortunately, tennis is no longer the hip sport it was in the days of Steffi Grafs and Boris Becker,” explains Lorenz Lippold, the club’s second president.

A check for 500 euros kroner the good cooperation between school and club and brings SaM Vice President Uta Düstersiek, Lorenz Lippold and Sabine Hartmann from THC, tennis coach Benjamin Protz (from left) and Till and Alessia (both 8) from the tennis court in the open all-day offer about to shine.

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Clubs also benefit from the school’s working group

For years there have been declining membership numbers, only since 2014 (then 343 members) things have started to get going again with the founding of the working group “THC Future”, and the association has just welcomed its 600th member. “We offer a lot to families who are well received,” says Lippold, who is also chairman of the THC support group. In this framework, the collaboration with SaM fits really well. “Here, the basic and basic knowledge is taught at no extra cost so that the children can decide if tennis is their sport without being forced to join a club,” explains Sabine Hartmann from the THC board. The joint action has already been a resounding success. “After the course, the first children signed up for THC,” she says with a radiant smile.

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The course at SaM always runs for one school year, but you can also start at the end of the semester. There is also the possibility of extension if there are enough places available. “Because the hall is large enough, up to 30 children can participate,” says Uta Düstersiek. Due to the sufficient space, it was even possible to largely maintain the offer even in high Corona times. The coach for this offer is Benjamin Protz from a professional tennis school who also coaches young tennis players at THC. He is supported by FSJ students and volunteers from the association. “It works perfectly,” all parties agree.

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Christopher concentrates fully on the ball, hitting it and throwing it back on the opponent's half of the field.  The other children in the course are very attentive.

Christopher concentrates fully on the ball, hitting it and throwing it back on the opponent’s half of the field. The other children in the course are very attentive.

Charity tournament ensures the continued existence of AG

Lorenz Lippold and Sabine Hartmann came to a training day in the SaM sports hall with a special surprise: They handed Uta Düstersiek a check for 500 euros. “The sum came together at the benefit tournament between members of Lions Club Stormarn and Rotary Club Bad Oldesloe,” Lippold explains. Uta Düstersiek and the participating children shone at the handover. “This is really the culmination of our collaboration,” the deputy director said happily, as the continuation of the working group is secured with the amount.

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