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Facilities and funding investment grow Westbourne Academy’s love of tennis

To enhance its well-established PE curriculum, Westbourne Academy in Ipswich has received funding, training and facilities from the School of Tennis Programme run by the Tennis Foundation. It is one of three local schools identified in Ipswich and South Suffolk to receive support that is changing the way tennis is taught in schools to engage pupils with the sport.

With the funding provided by the programme, the academy has invested in facilities including brand new tennis courts, nets and other equipment needed to allow children of all abilities to access the game. PE teachers have delivered lessons alongside Sam Scowen, Tennis Manager at Ipswich Sports Club and have taken part in development to acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver a variety of versions of tennis, beyond the traditional version of the game.

The tennis programme has helped Westbourne Academy to further enhance its broad PE curriculum, to allow pupils in years 7 to 9 to experience a new sport. With initiatives such as ‘Tennis in the Park’, pupils have had the opportunity to further develop their skills in an extra-curricular club, also delivered by the Ipswich School of Tennis coach.

Mr Sam Scowen, Tennis Manager at Ipswich Sports Club said, “The school of tennis at Westbourne Academy has so far been successful. The majority of students had never played tennis before. Tennis is not only a skill game but a game of fun that can be constantly adapted to the level of each player.  I hope to also introduce cardio tennis, which combines music, fitness and games.”

Miss Lindsay Annandale, Teacher of PE at Westbourne Academy said, “This programme has allowed us as staff to learn new activities and ways of delivering tennis to large groups of children. In lessons, students have been engaged and have all been able to make good progress in a fun and exciting environment. The students involved have been very positive about the experience they have received.”

Garry Trott, Principal at Westbourne Academy said, “Being able to develop our provision for tennis at Westbourne is part of our ongoing strategy of allowing our students to experience a wider range of sports. We are very grateful to the LTA for the project, which is allowing us to develop tennis knowledge and skills for both our students and staff.  We hope that we can continue to develop a successful working relationship with Ipswich Sports Club.”

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