Hundreds of primary school children in Jersey took part in the Schools’ Love Tennis Festival on 5 July, organised by The Tennis Hub – St Clements and sponsored by Oak.
The festival was the culmination of a four-week programme to teach tennis skills to year two students in schools across the island.
During the programme pupils took part in a range of activities which helped them to explore the principles that underpin tennis. The children improved their performance through setting targets and discovered the benefits of teamwork by cooperating with other players and adhering to rules of fair play.
The initiative aimed to inspire children to take up tennis as a sport and grow tennis participation on the Island. It also provided an opportunity for teachers to observe ideas to bring tennis into the P.E curriculum.
The newly acquired skills were put to the test at the Schools’ Love Tennis festival where students had a go at a series of fun challenges and games, coincidentally during the first week of Wimbledon.
“Witnessing hundreds of children pick up a tennis racket and learn the rules of the game, working together and having fun while exercising was a joy to see,” said managing director of Oak in Jersey, Nicola Gott.
“It was also fantastic to see that the festival received a positive endorsement from famous tennis coach Judy Murray who tweeted her support.
“Oak is proud to support initiatives which encourage physical activity and sponsoring The Tennis Hub aligns with our commitment to the local community.”
The Tennis Hub – St Clements is a community-based tennis programme which works in partnership with British Tennis (LTA) and the Jersey Tennis Association (JTA). The programme is organised by experienced LTA qualified coaches Mark Gilmour and James Faudemer.