New York ‘street tennis’ concept gets Danish launch

The first sets of a New York City-inspired concept aimed at getting children to play tennis outside the court are about to be played in Copenhagen.

New York 'street tennis' concept gets Danish launch
Photo: Super Duper Tennis

By teaching in an educational, safe and exciting environment the Super Duper Tennis concept enhances kids' self-esteem, tennis skills and overall love for the game, says the team bringing it across the Atlantic.

“The goal is to ensure they love and learn the game by making it fun and exciting with games-based exercises and memorable relatable teaching methods, and instil confidence and comfort by teaching on sized-down courts,” Zani Suttle, founder and managing director of Super Duper Tennis, told The Local via email.

The New York City-born kids tennis programme, which boasts classes in various locations in New York, New Jersey and Florida, will launch its first international branch in Copenhagen on August 19th.

Repositioning Tennis to youngsters as a team sport, the scheme teaches the fundamentals of tennis to groups of children aged 3-10 years.

One of the core elements of the concept – thinking outside the tennis court – makes it accessible anywhere and everywhere in various unconventional locations, including gymnasiums, turf fields, basketball courts, says Suttle, a former tennis junior competitor.

“The fundamentals of tennis can be learned and played anywhere. I started playing at the age of four and went on to play nationally in the juniors in the States and received a full scholarship to Syracuse University in New York. I started out hitting on the walls in our car garage, volleying with my dad in our grass lawn and finding walls to hit against in the grocery store parking lot,” Suttle said.

Photo: Super Duper Tennis

Classes are grouped by age and skill level in low child-to-coach ratio settings to ensure individualised attention, quality playing time and good fun. 

Suttle told The Local that she saw tennis as a sport that encouraged a feeling of community – making it prime for a grass roots-level boost in Denmark.

“Copenhagen is ripe for the Super Duper Tennis concept because it's such a great place for families – ‘a family that plays together stays together’. Tennis is undoubtedly a sport in high demand here, people are always looking to learn the game and tennis is a sport that can keep us together. 

“Our goal is to make tennis more accessible by finding safe and exciting environments for kids to get their foot into the game and bringing families and communities together through the sport,” she wrote.

The launch of Super Duper Tennis in Copenhagen takes place on Saturday August 19th at Copenhagen’s Carlsberg Byen, where kids can play street tennis on sized-down courts with equipment fit for them – smaller racquets, balls that bounce at their height and lowered nets – all set up in a unique and unconventional portable court setting.

The programme of paid classes starts on Wednesday, August 23rd at Carlsberg Byen, switching to an indoor location once colder weather sets in. 

More details can be found on the programme’s website

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Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

Cyclists on Copenhagen's
Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.