Schools Tennis Initiative
Tennis Ireland has recently developed an exciting new School Tennis Initiative Programme.
At first sight, tennis may not look like an obvious choice for delivery through the school PE programme. Questions often arise such as, how can we play tennis with no nets? Is it not dangerous with the hard tennis balls? What about all the different ages and abilities?
In order to show how easy it is to offer a different sport as part of the games strand, and to introduce a fantastic sport to as wide an audience as possible, Tennis Ireland has developed its new Schools Tennis Initiative with a programme which launched in September of this year.
Schools who become involved in the programme can organise coaching programmes either as after-school clubs or during the curriculum time with their local coach. All Tennis Ireland coaches work from the Tennis Ireland school lessons plans, a set of lesson plans that work directly from the games strand of the curriculum. For schools that are perhaps not in a position to pay for a coach, the plans can be downloaded free of charge from the Tennis Ireland website. Sign up your school today on www.tennisireland.ie/schoolstennisinitiative.
Each game has a link to a video where you can see the game in action. The lesson plans are complemented by assessment cards that can be given to pupils at the start of the course, and which allow pupils to chart their progress. Certificates are available for download and are great for presentation days. Substantially discounted equipment, such as the red balls and mini rackets are also available from Wilson.
If you have any questions about the lesson plans or would like help with finding a coach or getting access to equipment please phone the Tennis Ireland office on 01 884 4010 and we will be happy to help.
We hope you will give your pupils the opportunity to try tennis in PE and fee free to contact us if there is anything we can do to help make that happen!
Sign up your school today at www.tennisireland.ie/schoolstennisinitiative