On Wednesday 10th July 2019 Give It Your Max ran an inclusive tennis open session for three local primary schools at Barnet Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. Tennis is a sport which lends itself to integration and inclusion and we feel anyone with a disability can participate in tennis either in its full format or when adapted. The open session provided local children with the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun in a safe and friendly environment.
The session consisted of coach led skills stations that followed the start, middle and end game situations that players have to contend with during a tennis match. Each station was led by an experienced tennis coach with the support of assistants and volunteers to ensure all participants got the most out of the skills being taught.
Each station included a tennis specific warm up, the development of tennis racket skills and the introduction of game based skills and activities. These activities included serving, rallying (forehand and backhand) and volleying skills.
In total, 30 children attended the event with 15 carers and volunteers present. The event was a great success and the children all thoroughly enjoyed the session. We would like to thank GLL and the Barnet Partnership for School Sport for delivering this session. Participants came from Woodcroft Primary School, Orion Primary School and Goldbeaters Primary School, all schools that participate in regular Give It Your Max sessions.
Finally, we would like to thank the Middlesex Sports Foundation who kindly awarded us a grant to enable this session to take place.