Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Kids collecting balls

Schools Tennis

AEGON Schools Tennis aims to increase and improve tennis participation in schools, remove barriers by training teachers to deliver tennis in confined spaces and create a sustainable legacy for young people to continue playing in the community. Since the launch of the first ever Schools Tennis strategy in 2009, the Tennis Foundation / LTA have:

  • Given an opportunity to over 2.1 million children to pick up a tennis racket
  • Supported 13,963 schools with teacher training, resources and equipment
  • Trained 22,651 teachers and coaches to deliver tennis in schools
  • Seen 42,220 young people competing in inter-school competitions (2010 / 2011 academic year)

You don’t need tennis courts to play – it can be played in school halls, playgrounds or sports halls and a range of adapted equipment and modified or alternative versions of the game are available.

The Guide to Schools Tennis 2012 provides an overview of all the resource and support available to schools, from The Tennis Foundation and LTA.

Schools Tennis Website

For more information on Schools Tennis, please visit the links below or go to 


Hertfordshire Schools Tennis

  • Herts Schools Tennis was formed over 20 years ago to support the teaching of tennis in schools in Hertfordshire
  • We run competitions for school teams in both primary and secondary schools  
  • Our programme is designed to ensure that there are competitive opportunities for all ages and all standards of play
  • We are keen to respond to local needs and will adapt our events accordingly   
  • We are volunteers, mainly teachers, with considerable experience in schools tennis
  • We work closely with Herts LTA and the Tennis Foundation
  • Teams must be accompanied by an adult at all times, but this can be a parent or school helper rather than a teacher.

Programme 2012:

Teachers Course: April 26th 5-8pm
County Schools Championships:  28th April 9am - 1.30pm (experienced players, U14, U18)
Nicola Mabbitt Trophy: matches throughout the summer term in local areas.  Finals 5th July 1.30pm – 6.00pm (less experienced players, ratings bar 9.2)
Year 7 Tournament: 20th June (Girls separate events for less experienced and experienced players, Boys experienced players only)
Mini Red: 27th June (experienced players)
Mini Orange: 13th June (Group stages then play offs.  No players eliminated)
Mini Green: 18th May (Group stages then play offs.  No players eliminated)

 For full details of our 2012 programme please see:

 For advice on entries please contact:

The Committee

President Sue Wolstenholme 
Vice Presidents Jean Gates
  Tom Self

Carol Bryant

Chairman Pam Burrage
Secretary Penny Kent
Treasurer Kathy Hunt
Members Claire Hill
  Pam Hall
  Karen Carter
  Alex Hedley
  Stuart Turkentine
  Angie Gunn
Elizabeth Hutchinson
Herts LTA Sybil Howgego
  Jennifer keates
  Leo Tutt

Get Involved: Local Contacts

Partnership Development Managers in Hertfordshire

Competition Managers in Hertfordshire

A list of current school-club links within Hertfordshire 

Further Education Tennis

For the first time British Tennis now has an ‘offer’ in place to support the delivery of college tennis. The Guide to Further Education Tennis provides an overview of all the resources and support available to the college sector, from the Tennis Foundation and LTA.

Recent research in England shows that tennis in Further Education is growing, with 56% of colleges now providing tennis, up from 47% the previous year. Tennis also saw one of the largest increases over the last 12 months in terms of club links, with the percentage of colleges linking with a local place to play rising from 23% to 31%.

The Guide to Further Education Tennis provides guidance and resource for: 

  • Curriculum Support
  • Enrichment Support
  • Workforce Development
  • Competition
  • Performance
  • Linking with a local places to play and coaches

For more information please visit

Higher Education

The support available through the University Tennis programme aims to grow the game, by creating more opportunities for students to play and compete. It also aims to provide students with the latest training packages, for those that have an ambition to become part of the future workforce for British Tennis.

The Guide to University Tennis is aimed at student tennis clubs and sports development staff working within universities and provides an overview of all the resources and support available to the Higher Education sector.

The Tennis Foundation and LTA are able to provide support to all universities to help increase and improve tennis provision at a range of different levels: 

  • Performance Programme Support
  • University Tennis Coordinators
  • Resources & Development Awards

For more information please visit


Schools Tennis Competition Guide

Download resources from the Tennis Foundation website to help you run competitions at school.

View schools competition guide now


British Tennis



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Stanborough Road
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire AL8 6XE
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