Analysis of tennis training opportunities in the system of Latvian sport education
Keywords:tennis, tennis coach, sports schools, sports systems
Tennis, a sport that can be played at any age, has become very popular in Latvia, and its prestige and commercialization have promoted the development of the sport in Latvia as well. However, taking into consideration that the tennis infrastructure is still not sufficient in quantity, there are not many opportunities to play it in sports schools. The study's authors wanted to find out why public sports schools do not choose to include tennis in their range of sports sections. Currently, most young tennis players train in private tennis clubs. To clarify the situation, quantitative data surveys were conducted with representatives of sports schools, as well as qualitative interviews with specialists in the field of tennis. The results showed the impact of different aspects - the competence of coaches in the regions, infrastructure availability, and the funding model specifics. Based on the study's results, the authors develop recommendations that should be followed so that tennis is more present in state sports schools. In this way, the mass formation of the sport would be promoted. Thus, there is a higher probability of tending to a sport of increased achievement.
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