DEVELOPING TALENT: Leon Glinster is keen to see new programs introduced to bolster regional tennis.
DEVELOPING TALENT: Leon Glinster is keen to see new programs introduced to bolster regional tennis. File

National tournament changes for Ipswich

NEW Tennis Ipswich committee member Leon Glinster is happy to play his part helping bolster regional development.

However, he's also preparing for some major 2013 events at the Alder Tennis Centre where he is based as head coach and manager.

"It's all going good. We've got some new things in place for next year," Glinster said.

Glinster is pleased to see the annual Festival of Tennis program condensed next year at the Leichhardt venue.

The hotly-contested 2013 series will start with the Pro Tour from March 19-24 before the national 14s and 12s tournaments in April.

The 16 nationals and Gallipoli Cup events held in Ipswich in recent years have been moved back to Melbourne.

"Our schedule is a lot better," Glinster said.

"The 14s and 12s run over the school break, which is good.

"We're only going to get interrupted with our coaching for the one week of the Pro Tour then we have the Queensland Junior Claycourt titles, which have been moved to the June holidays.

"With the new structure, we've been able to change the calendar a bit."

The West Moreton Anglican College head coach is also preparing for a junior development series at Leichhardt on consecutive Sundays (March 3 and 10).

"The main purpose is for kids that are breaking into tournaments . . . that haven't played a tournament before or who are just starting out," he said.

"It brings them on a bit more and it covers the Hotshots program as well."

The development series was run for the first time in Queensland this year.

Glinster was recently elected at the Tennis Ipswich AGM, joining president David Glinster, vice-president Mitch Garen, secretary Sandra Baynes and other committee members Darrren Verrall, Fred Daniel and Gary Rogers.

Glinster took over his new role at the Alder Tennis Centre 18 months ago. He's helped numbers grow from 20 regular juniors to 170.

As for his new committee role, Glinster is pleased to see a regional spirit of co-operation.

"We've all got a good working relationship with each other," Glinster said.

"We've got a lot more things on the cards now with night fixtures and putting in a super 10s and super 12s challenge for kids.

"We want to build up a better platform for our juniors, get the junior tennis pumping a bit more."

Among other initiatives are plans to run more training camps for representative regional teams.

A successful clinic was held this year.

"We want to get Tennis Queensland a bit more involved with some of their coaches as well, just run between the different facilities in Ipswich," Glinster said.

"It (being on the committee) gives us a bit more insight on what everyone's doing and a bit more input on how to build the future of tennis in Ipswich as well."



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