Strawberry Slam Tennis Marathon 2020
Our ‘Strawberry Slam’ Tennis Marathon took place on what would have been Ladies’ Semi-Finals Day at Wimbledon. The marathon was 11 hours and 5 mins long (- the length of the longest tennis match in history, which happened at Wimbledon in 2010 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut). Members of staff, together with just over a dozen of our keen tennis playing pupils in their respective bubbles, were timetabled to ensure play was continuous throughout the day from 7.30am to 6.35pm on at least one of our playground’s mini-courts.
The whole day proved to be a fantastic success; the weather stayed dry throughout, and staff and pupils participated with great enthusiasm. In addition to all the fun matches played, the children enjoyed playing ‘Champions’ and ‘Round The World’. One of our year 6 players and Mrs Hodgson persevered to successfully complete Andy Murray’s 100 Volley Challenge. Additionally, there were 45 competitive matches played between the staff and children; the children won convincingly 31 to 14 to become our Strawberry Slam Champions for 2020.
This was a memorable end-of-year tennis event, made even more so by it raising (so far) over £750 for our three chosen charities of YoungMinds, Cancer Research UK, and the local Sadie Bristow Foundation.
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our tennis marathon – it was a fantastic team effort. Also, thank you to everyone who has sponsored us; we are thrilled to have raised over £750, which will be split equally between our 3 chosen charities.