GAME, SET AND MATCH AS MHSG SECURES SCHOOL OF TENNIS STATUS
Manchester High School for Girls has been named a ‘School of Tennis’ by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation. It is one of just 85 schools across the country to be recognised in this way and is committed to improving pupil participation in the sport.
While Manchester High’s Under-15s tennis players are already making a name for themselves on the court, being ranked fourth in the UK, the aim of the programme is to introduce girls of all levels to the sport and keep them engaged in tennis throughout their teenage years.
The partnership with the Tennis Foundation enables the School to implement a new tennis programme, as Sarah Newman, Director of Sport at MHSG, explains:
“We are thrilled to have been selected as part of this programme which is changing the way tennis is delivered in secondary schools. At Manchester High, we educate girls to lead balanced and healthy lives and offer them a wide learning experience both in and outside the classroom. Through this initiative, we will be able to offer professional tennis coaching and encourage girls to take up the sport in their free time.
“A new Tennis Ambassadors scheme will give our girls the opportunity to develop their sport leadership skills, and access to improved equipment and facilities will also enhance the teaching and learning of tennis.”
The PE Department at Manchester High also plans to incorporate cardio, freestyle and touch tennis as well as more traditional formats of the game to its existing provision.
Christine Sprowell, Schools Manager at the Tennis Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Manchester High School for Girls to the School of Tennis initiative.
“The programme is having a transformational effect in many schools and it is being used as a vehicle to support whole school priorities such as confidence building, employability and life skills as well as promoting the physical and emotional benefits of participation. We want more students to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of playing tennis and our School of Tennis scheme is proven to be doing that.”