On Friday 27th April 2018 the Merton School Sport Partnership held its inaugural inclusive tennis festival, hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis Club centre based on the Grand Drive, Raynes Park.
The covered courts set the scene for a carousel of mini games full of colour and variety. 14 teams attended and had the opportunity to experience 6 tennis based skill zones either against, with or alongside other schools. Each zone was accompanied by committed sports leaders from Ricards High School and the girls did an amazing job, explaining the games with clarity and supporting each school during the day!
The zones included;
Back of the Net – aiming towards mini football goals with cones for an extra challenge.
Connect – Using a giant connect four wall, players have two shots to hit a ball through a whole to win a token for their team to put down the chute.
Target Tennis – Players attempt to hit the centre of the target parachute for the maximum challenge.
Generation Game – Using an underarm or overarm serve, players aim to hit a selection of random objects and win them for their team. Objects included traffic cones, fruit baskets, the mystery box and of course the cuddly toy!
The Wall - Hit the cardboard brick targets from the wall to make it topple! The more power the better!
Ten-Pin Tennis - The traditional bowling set up with 10 skittles and players must knock as many down in two shots using an under/overarm or roll serve from the required distance.
Our vision and focus for the festival was to have fun and to encourage young people to get involved with playing tennis and more sport in Merton. Therefore, no scores were recorded nor medals awarded but each pupil received an MSSP participation certificate.
Thank you to the schools who made our first tennis festival a brilliant occasion and we are already excited to plan for next year! Hillcross, Wimbledon Park, Poplar, Wimbledon Chase, St. John Fisher, Sacred Heart, Dundonald, Bishop Gilpin, Perseid, Blossom House, The Priory, Links and Lonesome all contributed towards filing the courts with a wonderful atmosphere!
The REFSPECT award for good team-work, encouragement and sportsmanship was voted for by schools for who they thought showed these attributes. Congratulations to Perseid Lower School for being awarded with the certificate for this event! It is an award we regard highly across all of our events; competitions, finals and festivals, so a really big well done!
We hope your schools are inspired to be involved next year and we would certainly value your feedback on making the event bigger and better for the future.
Have a wonderful summer of tennis with the Wimbledon Championships coming up in June and July!