Kingsmead are delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of 23 new schools to take part in the Tennis Foundation’s School of Tennis programme. The 23 new schools will join the 62 schools already on the programme.
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 were 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.
Kingsmead were officially welcomed onto the programme earlier this year at a national training day in Birmingham where PE and Senior Leadership Team staff from schools all over the UK 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.
Ten Kingsmead students from Year 8 have subsequently been trained as Tennis Ambassadors to lead and encourage their peers to play more Tennis. Tennis will be included within PE lessons and lunchtime clubs over the summer term to give all students the opportunity to play and develop their skills.