NATIONAL TENNIS TRIUMPH FOR MANCHESTER HIGH GIRLS
A talented team of tennis players from Manchester High School for Girls were crowned third best in the country at the AEGON tennis National Finals at Bolton Arena on the 5th and 6th December.
The tournament started back in May, with over 600 school tennis teams from across the country taking part. Having won the North regional section in Sunderland in late November, the girls, aged between 12-14, sailed through to the national competition in Bolton where they took Bronze in the nail biting final against Bedford Girls School.
12-year-old Ella has been playing tennis since the age of seven, and trains at Lancashire Health and Racquet club eight hours a week. She said: “I was really happy for everyone in our team, it’s been a long tournament but well worth it! I play at a national and regional level outside of school but it was special to achieve a national medal with my school friends.” Ella hopes to play professionally in the future.
Team member, 13-year-old Holly, had plenty to celebrate albeit missing one day of national finals as it clashed with her Under-16s Tennis Europe competition in Malta on the 5th. Holly, who already has a string of tennis successes under her belt both nationally and internationally, said: “I was excited and disappointed at the same time as I really wanted to play for my school in all the games of the finals. I am really happy that the team reached a Bronze medal, and the fact that I reached the individual finals in Malta and came home with a Silver medal.”
Miss Mottershead, Physical Education teacher at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the girls and it is the first time Manchester High has reached the national final. I have been blown away with the standard of our girls’ tennis, the competition has been an amazing experience for them and they truly deserve their success! We hope this inspires other girls to take up tennis.”