MAYLANDS Tennis Club’s first full-time senior coach in its 80-year history hopes to serve up more junior members in 2017.
Jack Baldwin (24) has been a tennis coach since 2009 after a playing at junior state league level.
Baldwin, who is a qualified Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach, recently joined the Maylands club located on the Maylands Peninsula following a six-year stint as a senior coach at Onslow Park Tennis Club.
Maylands Tennis Club first opened its doors on Eighth Avenue, where The Rise now stands before moving to its current location.
Baldwin said he saw a lot of potential in the future of Maylands.
“It feels good to be given the opportunity; the members here are very welcoming and very helpful in building this full-time role,” he said.
“My biggest goal is focused on juniors and getting kids here…before I got here, there were no kids so I will be pushing the Tennis Australia Hot Shots.”
Baldwin said he hoped to increase the club’s current member count of 80.
“There are already some great, solid and competitive pennants teams that have been here for a number of years,” he said.
“I am trying to get any new members, junior pennants teams off the ground, trying to get kids through the door – that is going to be my main focus.
“My goal would be by this time next year, to get up to 120 members.”
Baldwin said he had been in contact with Bayswater Tennis Club to launch an intra-club tournament in the future.
He said he will be going to schools including Maylands Peninsula Primary School to potentially gain more junior members.