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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Club Med Engages Tikes with Innovative Petit Tennis Program

Very cool article (February 3 2009) - Club Med, renowned for its award-winning children’s programs, offers an innovative approach to teaching little ones the game of tennis with its Petit Tennis program.

Club Med’s Petit Tennis method engages children ages three to seven in role play to introduce them to the forehand, volley, serve and backhand volley. The program creates images and stories for the tennis equipment, techniques and boundaries to teach the pillars of the game. Colorful storybooks also add excitement and feed youngsters’ imaginations.

Petit Tennis is the brainchild of former tennis pros, Jean Phillipe and Sybile Fleurian. In 2001, Jean Phillipe and his wife, Sybile, founded Petit Tennis with the goal of teaching the game to young children—and actually crafted the curriculum with their two young daughters in mind.

“We saw tennis steadily declining in popularity among children in the U.S.,” remarked Mr. Fleurian,. “With daughters aged three and five years old, we felt a great urgency to pass on our love of the sport to them. So we became very creative parents and began brainstorming new training techniques.”

With the goal of nurturing a strong emotional bond to tennis at a very early age, the couple consulted sports psychologists, child development specialists and tennis trainers from the French Tennis Federation. They created a series of stories, colorful books, games, small-format courts and age-adapted equipment like large inflatable balls, lower nets, and bigger rackets.

“Giving young children imagination and a court and equipment adapted to them encourages success and keeps them from getting discouraged,” added Ms. Fleurian. “The kids we work with at Club Med excitedly return to Petit Tennis every day of their vacation.”,

Club Med offers additional programs for children ages four months to 17-years that encourage learning about local cultures, exploring nature’s beauty and practicing a variety of sports. Children are divided into small groups according to their age and interests to participate in programs such as Petit Tennis, Petit Chef, Circus School, Hip Hop Kidz and Lil’ Explorers Science Club. Additional activities include flying trapeze, golf lessons, soccer, sailing, rollerblading and archery. For more information on Club Med, visit

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