In my last blog, I gave 8 suggestions for little things that you could do around tournaments so that your children enjoy the experience more. My daughter commented that too many of them seemed to be around food and I wondered if the blog could have been subtitled, “Powered by McDonalds!”
In this blog I’m going to look at some bigger things that you could do before or after a tournament and will expand on some of them in future blogs.
- Can you turn the tournament into a little break? One tennis mum commented that she was staying with her daughter at a hotel with a pool as they were in two tournaments close together. Her daughter really looked forward to such trips.
- Can you turn the tournament into a holiday? You could camp for a few days and head of to the tournament from the campsite.
- Could you go with another player and their parent, so that you can support each other? (Read ‘Turn tournaments into holidays’)
- Don’t be in a rush to leave the area at the end of the tournament. Is there a landmark that you could visit? Take some photographs and then you’ve got another memory of the location, not just a tournament.
- Is there another activity you could do on the way home; Crazy Golf is always a win with my family? If by the seaside, the amusements or even a paddle in the sea?
- What about looking for some grass tournaments in the summer? Children love the idea of playing on grass, especially after watching Wimbledon. (One of my next blogs will focus on this)
- Is there a location significant to you, which you could show your child? I’ve driven past houses I’ve lived in the past, when they have been near tournaments.
- What about a shopping trip on the way back? Is there an outlet village or a retail park and you could buy a new tennis outfit for your child?
You can probably think of other things and I’d be interested to hear of them. I think it is important to try and make tournaments as fun as possible to keep your child’s enthusiasm especially if they find the matches challenging.
I hope you enjoy the summer season!
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