Tennis Round-Up for Terms 4 and 5

In addition to all our regular tennis P.E lessons, inclusive tennis sessions and after-school tennis clubs, there has been a lot of other tennis activities happening at Deal Parochial during the past couple of terms; so much so, that I haven’t been able to keep up with the blogs! – Instead, here is a tennis round-up:

Our Y6 Tennis Leaders, who qualified during the February half-term holidays, received their LTA T-shirts and certificates.

Easter Team Challenges:

With the help of our Y6 Tennis Leaders, we ran two Easter Team Tennis Challenges for thirty-four KS1/EYFS pupils in the last week before the Easter Holidays.

We held the first of these Festivals at Worth Primary School for their eighteen KS1 children. The second Festival then took place at Deal Parochial with children from both our school and Sholden Primary School taking part. After lots of tennis-themed relay races, tap-ups, volleys and rallies, Sholden were the Festival Winners.

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part, whether playing or helping.

More Tennis Leader Training:

We ran another successful Tennis Leader Course in the Easter Holidays with Y6s from Deal Parochial and Kingsdown Primary Schools taking part, in addition to former pupils from both schools.

Our most recently qualified Tennis Leaders have now received their T-shirts and certificates too.

Tim Henman Tennis Festival:

On 3rd May, fifteen Year 3 pupils thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Tim Henman Tennis Festival at Dover College, which was organised by the East Kent Community Tennis Programme.

As well as having fun practising many tennis skills, the children were delighted to meet Tim Henman. – A video has been produced featuring this Tennis Festival, together with the subsequent Tennis Festival at Hythe Tennis Club – click here to view the video and spot some familiar faces!

‘Play Your Way To Wimbledon’ Tournament – Deal Parochial Heats:

On 15th May, seventeen of our older pupils took part in our school’s heats of the ‘Play Your Way To Wimbledon’ Tournament. After numerous round robin matches with lots of rallies and fine shots, we proceeded to knockout stages with the resulting boys’ and girls’ finals being played on the equivalent of a full-size court.

Congratulations to our winners, Noah and Ella (both Y6) and our runners-up, Oscar (Y6) and Savanna (Y5). Also, well done to all our competitors; you played with great spirit and enthusiasm throughout.