Hundreds of young athletes from across the county have picked up a racket and played competitive tennis as part of School Games Festivals over the last six weeks.
Schools from across Cambridgeshire were victorious in their local partnership Year 3&4 Mini Tennis Red competition to earn their place in the School Games Final held at Huntingdon Tennis Centre.
There are 46 county festivals taking place across the country over the summer of which tennis is a part of 43. More than 1,000 young people took part in ten sports at Cambridgeshire School Games Level 3 Festival. Tennis was one of the highlights of the day with Harston and Newton school emerging as the winners.
Tennis Development Manager Neil Twitchett, said: “It was great to see so many students enjoying competitive tennis. All players tried their hardest and were a credit to their school. I hope to see all the players involved continuing to play tennis and showing the skills they have learnt”
Paul Williams, Schools Tennis Manager at the Tennis Foundation added: “A key priority for British Tennis is to grow the base of the game and that means more young people, playing more often. Congratulations to everyone who participated at the School Games event this year and we look forward to seeing more even schools and young people taking part in the years to come.”
The School Games was created to encourage young people to play more competitive sport in school as part of plans to leave a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics.
Young people taking part in the School Games will have the chance to compete in a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports with competitions progressing from school up to national levels.
For more information on the Tennis Foundation’s support for primary, special and secondary schools please visit www.schoolstennis.org