Independent Tennis offer schools a practical and affordable way to enable their pupils to become involved in tennis. The main part of our programme is delivering School Curriculum Time sessions and School Club programmes.
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.
More about our Programme:
- Curriculum-time coaching provides a great opportunity for a large amount of children to access and benefit from a progressive block of coaching.
- Curriculum-time coaching offers a great opportunity for teachers and teaching assistants to shadow the coach and to assist with delivery of the session and develop their skills for the future.
- School Clubs are a great way to bridge the gap between a young person experiencing tennis at school for the first time and participating in a community environment.
We also provide:
- Disability Tennis through our partners at Gosling Sports Park.
- Education Needs Sessions at selected schools in our areas.
- Community Tennis in partnership with Gosling Sports Park and Leverstock Green LTC.
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, experienced coaches.
The Start of a Journey
With our programme children often progress fast. They quickly reach a level where they can rally confidently. Those that wish, have the option to extend their play by joining our Park Tennis sessions outside school and the LTA’s Tennis For Kids programme.
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. Our Schools Programme not only gives children a new experience, but one that can be the start of much more.
A Volunteer’s Perspective
This is what Nicola Porter, one of our assistant tennis volunteers, has to say about her experience of the Schools Programme:
“For the last 3 months I have been helping deliver school sessions. 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. Any parents who think their child’s school might be interested should get in touch too.