The Schools Tennis Road Show arrived in Bournemouth this week with teachers and schools representatives getting the very latest information on tennis in schools.
Since they began in 2009, more than 2,500 people have attended the Schools Tennis Road Show, which this year will visit 16 towns and cities across Great Britain.
The Schools Tennis Road Show aims to provide an overview of all the support available to schools, highlight new resources and products, and demonstrate practical ideas for delivering tennis in an educational environment. A number of School Games Organisers, teachers and coaches from Hampshire attended the course
The Tennis Foundation’s Head of Education Tom Gibbins said: “The Road Show is a great chance for us to promote the opportunities we have available to support teachers in helping more children play tennis at school.”
Tutors Paul Williams and Phil Leighton put everyone through their paces with Mini Tennis sessions on court, as well as information on school competitions and getting teenagers involved in the Tennis Leaders programme to start coaching.
Tennis Development Manager/School representative, Zoe Bambridge, TDM –Hampshire & Isle of Wight, added: "The Tennis Foundation schools resources and offer is outstanding. The Schools Road Show had a great turn out with Dorset and Hampshire's teachers, School Game Organisers and coaches enjoying and engaging in on and off court activities. We hope to engage and educate all our schools in Hampshire and IOW in all the aspects of teacher training, competition and workforce development to offer tennis all year round to pupils."
Mandy Quill, School Games Organiser for Hamble said: "I really enjoyed the day, the balance between information, networking and practical sessions was excellent. Being shown the resources on offer and then able to take them away to physical show my network of teachers is invaluable and I hope to spread the word of the Tennis Foundation's offer to the other SGO's that missed out on the day."
Everyone that attends the Road Show will receive the Guide to Schools Tennis 2012, including information on the new LTA Mini Tennis Programme, a new primary school Cross Curricular resource and resources to enable schools to deliver the new Tennis Leaders modules. A £50 Schools Tennis equipment voucher will also be awarded to all attendees, as well as entry into a prize draw to win one of 100 Schools Tennis Equipment Packs and a pair of Wimbledon tickets.
For more information on the Tennis Foundation’s support for primary, special and secondary schools please visit www.schoolstennis.org