Ontario Tennis Association Expanding Ottawa’s Capital Kids Program thanks to $317,300
The Ottawa-based Capital Kids program will launch into its 6th year of programming starting spring 2019. In collaboration with the National Capital Tennis Association (NCTA) and the City of Ottawa, Capital Kids will provide low-cost tennis lessons to children ages 6 to 15.
For 2019, Capital Kids will be expanding to 6 new communities, age limit will increase to 6-15 years old (from 6-12), there will be opportunities for sustained participation during the winter (November-February) and 4 Capital Kids rooking tournaments will be organized annually for participants seeking greater challenge and chance to practice, what they have learned during lessons.
From 2019 to 2021, Capital Kids will be delivered for children and youth, at up to 8 community tennis sites. Enhancements to the program will include: expanding the age limit to 15; opportunities for beginner competition through Rogers Rookie events; indoor programming through the winter months; and implementation at 8 brand new locations.
This initiative represents a shared goal between the OTA and NCTA to provide more children with affordable and accessible tennis programs. The support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation will aid us tremendously in achieving these goals. Over the next 3 years, Capital Kids will continue to reduce barriers to participation in tennis for more than 2,100 children living in low-income and/or diverse cultural communities.