Winterbourne Tennis Club helps girls into the sport

July 16 2019
Winterbourne Tennis Club helps girls into the sport

WINTERBOURNE Tennis Club is championing a scheme to get more girls involved in tennis.

WTC initiated the She Rallies activities for girls in conjunction with the PE department of Winterbourne Academy. The scheme is part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s four-year Women and Girls Strategy, promoted by Judy Murray, which aims to significantly increase female participation in tennis across the UK.

WTC committee chair, Joan Ward, got in touch with Melanie Greaves, PE teacher and head of year 11, about the programme and by the end of April, the programme was running for Terms 5 and 6.

The activities were predominantly run for year 7-11 girls during PE lessons and was overseen by WTC coach Imed Hamrouni. Over the 12 week program, 380 girls took part – and 105 boys were also able to get a taste for the game, learning new basic tennis techniques and game play at WTC.

The programme resulted in a lunchtime club on a Thursday for both girls and boys, and Monday after-school tennis sessions that attracted up to 20 students at a time. The arrangement was so successful that there are now plans for Winterbourne Academy to access the club on a regular basis for tennis sessions during PE lessons.

The overall response from the girls was very positive, with some even playing tennis over weekends and planning to play over the holidays. 

Eva Emmett (year 7) said she enjoyed the activity immensely and was hoping to take up tennis as a sport. Kali Buffery (year 10) said it was one of the best PE activities she had done so far and Alisha Dickson (year 8) enjoyed the tennis techniques she learned and being outdoors in the sunshine.

A big thank you to everybody who made this outreach such a great success, especially Imed Hamrouni, Rachel Cockcroft (local tennis and swimming coach), Jazz Williams (A-level student and level 1 coach), Melanie Greaves and her colleagues from the PE Department.

Finally, well done and thank you to all the students for their enthusiastic participation.

WTC will be running Tennis camps for all aspiring tennis players of varying abilities, ages 5-16 during the school holidays until August 9.

To book and for more information contact Winterbourne Tennis club at 0745 963 6436 or email imedhamrouni@msn.com.

Elsa Looij