Thursday, January 01, 2009

All schools can give children access to tennis on a playground, in a school hall or on a court and it is at school that most children have their first experience of tennis. To further provide pupils with access to coaching and other tennis support and facilities, schools can build a link with a local club, this not only benefits the pupils but also the schools, clubs and coaches involved.

Improved Access for Students

Schools that have built links with clubs have reported improved attitude, behaviour, achievement and confidence from the children and young people involved. School Club links enable schools to boost their profiles in the community and run clubs out of regular school hours to benefit pupils and their parents.

Benefits to Clubs

Linking with a school enables clubs to grow their membership base and increase their income. Schools can also provide clubs with younger volunteers to run competitions and other activities. Working with a school also enables clubs to increase their profile and reputation.

Opportunities for Coaches

Coaching in schools enables coaches to grow their business. Schools coaches also get the opportunity to inspire kids and help them with their first steps to become the champions of the future. Encouraging their club to build a link with a school can help coaches play a key role in the growth of their club’s membership and give them more influence in the running of their club.

School Club Links in Action

Cornwall LTA is working closely with local Partnership Development and Competition Managers to ensure a simple but co-ordinated approach in developing school to club links. Ten clubs across the County have developed links with local primary and secondary schools and are delivering tennis coaching and competition.

Get Involved: Local Contacts

Listed below are the key contacts for each School Sports Partnership across the County.

Callington School Sports Partnership:

Partnership Development Manager

  • Michelle Roberts
  • +44 (0)1579 386120

Competition Manager

  • Rob Francis
  • +44 (007813 198 692

Poltair School Sports Partnership:

Patnership Development Manager

  •  Mo Thayre
  • +44 (0)1726 874520

Competition Manager

  • Rob Francis +44 (0)7813 198692

Penwith Schools Sports Partnership:

Partnership Development Manager

  • John Coleman 
  • +44 (0)1736 352323

Competition Manager

  •  Martin Salome
  • +44 (0)7775 944614

Penryn School Sports Partnership:

Patnership Development Manager

  • Mark Holmes
  •  +44 (0)1326 372379

Competition Manager

Senior Competition Manager:

  • Gemma Wilson +44 (0)7891 840601

If you are a coach looking to make contact with local schools in your area contact Jo-Anne Downing on 07971 141321 or by email

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