Bringing Tennis to Kids in Schools

 

Le Petit Sports is a company which oversees various sports education divisions. It is the first company of its kind to bring together former professional tennis players and athletes, sports experts from France, Belgium and Switzerland, early childhood psychologists and school teachers in the development of early sports education programs for very young children.

Le Petit Sports is much more than a revolutionary method. It is an all in one system and is recognized as a “label” by an independent panel of experts. Le Petit Sports coach certification is done through the SITA Training Academy, the coach training and certification division. It relies on an international independent panel of experts, comprised of various personalities and experts in sports, health and education, to ensure that all of its programs, trainings and certifications are valid, effective and safe.

Le Petit Tennis was the first of the Le Petit Sports companies to be launched (2001) and has grown internationally, reaching over 20 countries through its numerous subsidiaries, licensees and partnerships. Le Petit Sports system and business model has proven to be effective for many large corporations and family hotel chains like Club Med and Club Magic Life. They use the system in their childcare centers to provide quality sports introduction to their young clients. National associations and governing bodies such as The Canadian Tennis Association (Tennis Canada), the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Brazilian Tennis Federation (CBT) are now using or endorsing the system or some of its features to reach young children through the interactive stories of Le Petit Sports. Large non-profit and non-governmental organizations including the United Nations, Peace & Sport and Sport 4 Life use the program’s powerful messages to promote universal core values to under-served children. 

 

Leadership

Jean Fleurian, 

 the president and co-founder of Le Petit Sports and all its subdivisions, is a highly recognized figure in the world of tennis. After 14 years on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour, he reached a career high singles ranking of 37 as part of 2 winning Davis Cup journeys with France (1991 and 1996) within 10 years of Davis Cup play for France (1986-1996). He recorded victories over top ranking players including Boris Becker, Stephan Edberg, Andre Agassi and Sergi Bruguera. As a former board member of the French Tennis Federation and a current International Tennis Federation officer and liaison with ATP, WTA and Olympic players’ organizations, Jean remains extremely active in sports administration.(CHECK ON FACEBOOK)

Jean became one of the most prominent development experts in tennis for youth after being trained for 6 years by Jean-Paul Loth, founder of mini-tennis and technical director of the French Tennis Federation. Jean was a development officer of the French Tennis Federation and a High Performance QuickStart Tennis trainer for the USTA. Jean is also a popular speaker for many international symposiums and worldwide conferences. Along with Sergei Bubka, Pelé and many Olympians, Jean was recognized at the 2009 Peace and Sport International Forum as a “Champion of Peace” by H.I.S Prince Albert of Monaco. He was recognized for his work in utilizing sports education as a way to reach out to children and rebuild the peace process in post war and insecure zones such as Palestine, Burundi, Cape Town and Port Elisabeth townships.

Jean Fleurian strongly and passionately believes that Le Petit Sports can make a difference in the lives of young children by using sports as a platform to highlight universal core values to enable them to be responsible citizens of tomorrow while ensuring that they remain healthy and active throughout their lives.

Jack Waite,

Jack Waite - Partner and Founder of Le Petit Tennis

an original member of Le Petit Sports, and former director of development for the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and responsible for supervising all training and teaching certifications for the USA and Canada in the 14,000 member tennis coaches’ organization.  He and Jean Fleurian partnered for a time in doubles during his 10 year professional tennis career on the ATP Tour.  Jack reached a career high ATP ranking of #44 in doubles, including wins over Roger Federer, Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter, and the Bryan Brothers.  He currently serves as Chairman of the USTA Pro Circuit committee and conducts coaches certification clinics for PTR around the USA.

 

Sybile Niox-Chateau-Fleurian 

was a former 90 WTA singles player who also won the Orange Bowl as a junior. After a 7 year tennis career on the professional WTA Tour, Sybile served as the president of the French Tennis Players Association for 6 years. She successfully promote and sold the image of French women tennis players to partner companies such as Air France, Lancome, Budget Rent a Car and many more. She brings her expertise to Le Petit Sports in the administration and scheduling of training courses and certifications of the “Sports International Training Academy” (SITA). SITA is the Le Petit Sports official coach training and certification division.

 

Jack Horn 

has over thirty years experience in the import and distribution industry. He is the key person behind the Le Petit Sports line of products, clothing and age-adapted equipment.  He enthusiastically joined the company after seeing the impact of the Le Petit Tennis program on his daughter Megan. Megan started the Le Petit Tennis program at 3 years old and went on to become a tennis state champion


 

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