Peggy Bachofner and Chat Singh love tennis and aim to pass it down.
The duo runs the First Serve Tennis Academy at Crowfield for the City of Goose Creek. The two professional players began the program earlier this spring, with the mission being to assemble a legitimate program in the Goose Creek area.
Both were at Family Circle before taking the challenge at Goose Creek.
“We’re trying to build a complete program here,” Bachofner said. “There’s really not a substantial program in the Goose Creek area but there is a lot of talent. What we’ve found is that we’ve got a lot of kids traveling longer distances to other clubs. What we would like to offer is something here in our own area that they have access to.”
Those interested can sign up through the City of Goose Creek. First Serve sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-6 but other lessons are available too.
“Tennis to me is like any sport,” Bachofner said. “… You learn life skills. You learn how to compete. You learn how to work with other people. You learn how to take instruction. You learn how to give instruction. You learn how to work with a team. You learn how to work individually. You learn how to be disciplined if you want to grow and build your game. All those things you can take with you into your life.”
Singh echoed Bachofner, saying tennis is a sport anybody can play and reap rewards because of their involvement, some tangible, some intangible.
“You learn a lot about yourself as a person,” said Singh, who played collegiately at Francis Marion and internationally as a professional. “You’ve got to have a good attitude on the court and you stay fit. It’s a lifelong sport once you start. There are 1,000 benefits to this sport.”
One main objective through First Serve is to help players of all levels get to a more competitive level. Bachofner said they are building a team that will compete at different age groups and skill levels.
For kids, that could provide the repetitions they need to help their school teams down the road, and maybe even lead to a college scholarship.
For adults, the competition can be the outlet they need.
“My goal for those that are playing is to have more match play,” Bachofner said. “One of the biggest problems is they’ll come to their practice and come to their clinics but they don’t get enough match play. Our goal is to get them out there playing other clubs. That will help them be more successful in tournaments.”
For more details on pricing and contact information, visit www.cityofgoosecreek.com.