Primary school kids are like sponges. They’re so open and receptive to all sorts of learning experiences, especially when it comes to learning new sports. That’s why it’s such a great age to introduce them to tennis. To help teachers who aren’t tennis specialists feel more confident about teaching the game, we deliver free training, free resources and free equipment.
Mini Tennis makes a big impression on primary school kids
No two primary school children are the same. They all have different levels of ability. But the great thing about tennis is that it can be adapted to suit any child. Take Mini Tennis, for example. With smaller courts, rackets and nets, as well as lower bouncing balls, it’s a great way to introduce children to the game. Before too long, they’ll be playing and having fun, at the same time as developing their agility, balance and coordination. Not only that, they’ll have caught the tennis bug, developing a sporting habit that will stay with them for life.
Primary Teacher Training Courses
We’ve been supporting non-specialist primary school teachers for six years now, providing free training and resources to give them the confidence to deliver tennis to their pupils. Book onto a free teacher training course now!
- Free training with a three-hour course for primary school teachers. This compact but comprehensive training session is designed to take teachers who are not PE specialists to a point where they can deliver a great tennis experience to a class full of children in a small space using Mini Tennis.
- Free resources based around an innovative DVD teaching aid designed to be played directly to the children. It contains tennis demonstrations and is structured to help them progress in the game. It provides a five week block of activity, with sessions for 4-7, 7-9 and 9-11 year olds. Teachers get a set of lesson plans, with information on how to deliver a session through warm-ups, ABCs (agility, balance, coordination and speed exercises), themed activities and finishing with either a game or a fun competition. Download a digital copy of the Primary Schools Tennis Teacher’s Handbook and Out of Schools Hours Toolkit.
Since 2009, as a charity the Tennis Foundation has invested in providing more than £10m worth of tennis equipment to schools. This investment has helped 20,000 schools provide a positive experience of tennis to their pupils, many of which for the first time.
Having now successfully delivered this equipment to such an extent, and as part of the evolution of the Tennis Foundation’s school tennis strategy, we are now directing spend towards new programmes focussed on providing high quality access to our sport, such as ‘School of Tennis’. Doing so will enable us to best deliver the mission of our charity to help people enjoy the many health and social benefits of tennis, whilst maximising their personal potential.
Please note that we will unfortunately no longer be providing a free Schools Tennis Equipment Pack for attendees at our 3 hour Teacher Training courses. However, teachers attending the courses will be able to access an exclusive equipment discount offer for their school, which will replace the previous offer.
Everything else remains the same – the Tennis Foundation will continue to provide its 3 hour Teacher Training Courses, places at which will remain free, and attendees will still receive the specialist resources linked to each course, free of charge.
Schools Tennis Equipment – All teachers (or teaching assistants) that attend the course will have the option to purchase one Standard Schools Tennis Equipment Pack for their school at the heavily discounted rate of £150 ex VAT (£180 VAT inc. Usual price: £540 VAT inc), while stocks last.
Please note this offer is limited to a maximum of one equipment pack per person; students and coaches attending the course are not eligible to purchase the packs at the discounted rate; and packs will only be posted to a school address. If the order is made within 30 days of attending a course, the recipient will also receive a ball top up pack free of charge (full terms and conditions and further details regarding the purchase of the equipment will be distributed at the course).
To find out more about our Primary Schools tennis programme, view our Guide to Schools Tennis.