The School of Tennis programme has joined forces with the Manchester United Football Foundation to offer young tennis ambassadors the chance to learn new skills and ways to deliver tennis. The children will now take these skills back to their classmates to help grow the game in their school.
It builds on the success of the Premier League 4 Sport initiative and to continue to enrich and enhance the multi-sport initiative, providing in-depth, student-led tennis provision in three pilot schools.
The School of Tennis programme is being piloted across Greater Manchester secondary schools and young people from Manchester United Foundation partner schools who have been identified as tennis ambassadors were invited to Old Trafford to take part in activities and learn new skills to take back to their classmates.
Sam Foakes, Regional Tennis Participation Manager for the Lawn Tennis Association – the national governing body for tennis across the UK – said, “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to bring these young people here today, to experience Manchester United and to show that there are different options for those who don’t just want to play football. The School of Tennis aims to show that tennis is flexible and doesn’t need to be played in the traditional way.”
Fourteen-year-old Osman from Manchester Academy in Moss Side said, “Today we have been developing our tennis skills and being taught how to do different activities so we can take them back to school and engage others in playing tennis.”
Premier League 4 Sport inspires young people to try Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports and encourages them to participate by becoming a member of a community sports club or a national governing body.
Find out more about the School of Tennis programme.