Independent Tennis offer primary schools a practical way to enable their pupils to become involved in tennis by participating in our Mini Tennis group programme at school.
For many this may well be their first experience of sport, not just tennis. Tennis is fun, great for fitness and for developing hand eye co-ordination. It can be played by all ages and abilities – boys and girls can play together, so it’s ideal for mixed classes. Embracing tennis is good for schools and their students.
As a tennis provider to schools we offer clubs at times to suit: after school, during the school day, at weekends or even in school holidays. For example, half-term tennis activities are especially popular. To raise awareness among students and teachers we’re happy to join in assemblies, and even give tennis exhibitions at your school to fire up pupils’ interest.
There’s Nothing Stopping You
Don’t have a tennis court? That’s the case for most primary schools, you just need a hard flat surface (in a school hall, sports hall or playground) and we provide everything else. We bring the rackets, balls, nets and even the lines to your school. And, most importantly, top-class coaches.
These sessions need not cost the school anything. They are usually funded by the children paying a small fee of say £3 per session. That’s a small price for life-long benefits.
The Start of a Journey
With our programme the children progress fast. They quickly reach a level where they can rally confidently. To enable them to develop even further, those that wish have the option to extend their play by joining our Park Tennis sessions outside school.
This gives children, who have had a taste for tennis at school, more group experience, individual coaching sessions and competitive matches with other children of their own age group. What an opportunity.
A Volunteer’s Perspective
This is what Nicola Porter, one of our assistant tennis volunteers, has to say about her experience of School Tennis:
“For the last 3 months I have been helping deliver the school sessions at St Teresa’s. They include many engaging games for the children, designed to help them improve their technical and tactical skills in an enjoyable way. Yet, the sessions also include a variety of different coaching techniques. This ensures all children are able to develop and improve because they are given the coaching style that works for them. The enthusiasm and enjoyment that the children convey creates a fun leaning environment and makes coaching a pleasure. The progress that the children have made, within their tennis ability, and their increase in team building has been fantastic to be part of. I am very much looking forward to help coach the next stages of their journey within tennis.”
Start the Ball Rolling
If your school would like to be a part of this exciting programme, or to find out more, please Contact us. Parents who think their child’s school might be interested should get in touch too.