Tennis is a great game at any level. But the more you advance, the more challenging and rewarding it becomes. We’re here to help secondary schools meet those changing demands. We can provide high quality, focused training for teachers, as well as valuable resources and a range of equipment. To inspire and stimulate every young person, we can also help deliver innovative formats of the game, including Cardio Tennis and Team Tennis.
Teaching secondary school kids all kinds of respect through tennis
Tennis has so much to offer secondary school kids. On court, they can stretch and pit themselves against their peers. But tennis is more than just a great competitive sport that they love playing. They also learn valuable social skills that stay with them off-court for the rest of their lives. Self-respect and mutual respect grow enormously. Teachers tell us they can even see improvements in students’ academic grades.
We support secondary schools with exactly the kind of focused, quality training that teachers need to inspire and encourage their pupils to take up the game. We can help deliver innovative versions of the game, such as Cardio Tennis, Timed Tennis and Team Tennis, so there’s a type of tennis for everyone. We also work with the Youth Sport Trust on our innovative new social change programme, Beyond the Baseline.
- Free training for teachers with our Secondary Schools Tennis Teacher Course. The course has been developed to give you the confidence and skills you need to deliver both traditional and modified versions of the game. You’ll also learn about cross-curricular activities, how to organise competitions, leaderships skills and volunteering. We also offer a Cardio Teacher Training Course to provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver Cardio Tennis within a school environment.
- Free resources. Teachers who go on either of the above courses will receive a range of resources to help them plan and deliver tennis sessions in their schools. Book onto a free teacher training course now!
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.
As a result, from 1st August 2017, we will unfortunately no longer be providing a free Schools Tennis Equipment Pack for attendees at our 3 hour Teacher Training courses. We are, however, currently developing an equipment discount offer, which will be provided to teachers attending courses from 1st August onwards, and which will replace the current free Schools Tennis Equipment Pack.
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.
Beyond the Baseline
As part of delving deeper into the social impact tennis can have, the Tennis Foundation has partnered with the Youth Sport Trust to create a specific programme, Beyond the Baseline, to engage young people who are struggling with their behaviour or academic performance in school. Beyond the Baseline is a free, secondary schools programme that uses tennis and inspirational tennis mentors to nurture pupils’ aspirations and put them on the path to achieving them. Our 15 Beyond The Baseline Tennis Mentors inspire pupils with their experiences of playing tennis and the obstacles they’ve overcome both on and off the court.
The Beyond the Baseline Mentors will link their journey to four key Employability & Life skills – Personal, Social, Creative and Thinking Skills – that everyone needs to be able to achieve their goals. How it Works;
- A mentor visits a school three times over a 2-3 month period, sharing their tennis story with a small group of targeted pupils (chosen by the school)
- The mentor inspire the pupils with how they achieved success in tennis as well as talk about four Employability & Life Skills they demonstrated on their journey
- Pupils get active on-court and learn the skills of tennis whilst having fun and working with others
- Pupils work with the rest of their Beyond The Baseline Project Group to plan, organise and deliver a tennis project
- The mentor supports the pupils and helps the pupils develop new skills
The programme is managed by the Youth Sport Trust on behalf of the Tennis Foundation. Find out more about the impact of Beyond the Baseline with this video.
The deadline for schools to apply to take part in the 2017/18 has now passed . Schools will be notified as to whether they have been successful by September 2017.
You can see some of the latest tweets about #BeyondtheBaseline below…
School of Tennis
School of Tennis, is our new exciting pilot programme which provides funding to radically change the way tennis is delivered in secondary schools so they can tailor programmes for their own needs. There is a sharp dip in tennis participation as young people reach their mid-teens and many don’t realise the many varieties of tennis 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 so they can deliver tennis in the form and way that best suits their school and their pupils. 21 pilot Schools of Tennis have been established across Great Britain this year with the aim to establish 150 Schools of Tennis across the country by 2018. Read more about the programme here.