Inclusive tennis sessions support student confidence
Get Out Get Active in Bassetlaw has teamed up with Retford Tennis Club and St Giles School to teach tennis to disabled and non-disabled students.
Early in 2021, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) introduced the LTA Youth Schools Programme. A programme designed to support the PE curriculum in primary schools. With support from Get Out Get Active officer Paula, St Giles School got involved in the programme. Lynn, former PE teacher completed the training to support her students and later gained funding for LTA coaching sessions.
Throughout June, St Giles students started tennis sessions at Retford Tennis Club with LTA coaches, Tim and Sarah. The coaches delivered inclusive tennis activities, adapting the skills and tasks for students with a range of impairments. The programme has supported students to grow in confidence, enthusiasm, physical literacy, and tennis skill. St Giles hope to continue the tennis sessions next term as part of an ongoing partnership with Retford Tennis Club.
It was great to see the students learning new techniques and gaining new skills. The coaches were so helpful and encouraging. Going out to a sports club was a brilliant new experience for many of our students. It’s wonderful for us to go out and be part of our local community.
Lynn, PE Teacher
This story is part of our ongoing series showcasing how GOGA locations are finding new ways to reach some of our most inactive audiences across the UK.
Photo credit: British Blind Sport
About Get Out Get Active
Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Activity Alliance is the creator and lead partner. The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012, Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust.