Barrhead High School, Galashiels Academy and Inverness Royal Academy have been chosen as three of the 23 new schools to take part in the Tennis Foundation’s School of Tennis Programme. The 23 new schools will join the 62 schools currently on the programme, nine of which are situated in Scotland.
Developed and led by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity the Tennis Foundation, the programme aims to radically change the way tennis is delivered in secondary schools to make it more relevant and engaging for teenagers. Studies have shown there is a sharp dip in tennis participation figures as young people reach their mid-teens, with many not realising how many varieties of tennis are available away from the traditional game. The School of Tennis programme aims to reverse this decline, by giving secondary schools the support and funding needed to deliver tennis in the form and way that best suits their school and pupils.
The 23 schools were officially welcomed onto the programme on Wednesday 24th January via a national training day held at Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Bringing together PE and Senior Leadership Team staff from all over the U.K, schools were treated to a busy day of learning and on court activity to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to implement the School of Tennis programme within their own institute. Once signed up, each school is eligible to receive up to £5,000 worth of support in the first year of the programme with further funding available in Years 2 and 3 based on an annual progress review.
Christine Sprowell, Schools Manager at the Tennis Foundation said: “We are delighted to welcome 23 new schools onto the School of Tennis Programme. As shown from our pilot and the current cohort of schools, the programme is having a transformational effect in many schools and being used as a vehicle to support whole school priorities such as building students’ confidence, employability and life skills as well as promoting the physical and emotional benefits of participating in the sport. As part of our wider education strategy, we want more students to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of playing tennis and our School of Tennis Programme is proven to be doing that.”
With 94% of stakeholders stating they have witnessed personal development in those taking part in the programme and 90% believing the programme has increased the confidence and competence of both participants and ambassadors, the programme serves to highlight the positive impact tennis can have both on and off court.
Barrhead HS, Galashiels Academy and Inverness Royal Academy will join the existing nine School’s of Tennis in Scotland, which include Boroughmuir HS, Dunblane HS, Firhill HS, Forres Academy, Hyndland Secondary, James Gillespie’s HS, Liberton HS, Musselburgh Grammar and St Mungo’s HS.
To find out more about the Tennis Foundation’s work in education visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/discover-tennis/