School set to serve up ten­nis coaches

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

PUPILS from Tyther­ing­ton School have got their rack­ets at the ready in the hope they will smash a ten­nis course.

The school, on Manch­ester Road, has joined forces with Prest­bury Ten­nis Club for the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion Leader Award course, which will set pupils at the school on the path­way to be­com­ing pro­fes­sional ten­nis coaches.

Twenty year 10 students, both boys and girls, will re­ceive reg­u­lar coach­ing ses­sions at the club in the hope that they will be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of coaches.

The course is de­signed for teenagers be­tween the ages of 13 and 17.

It is also suit­able for adult vol­un­teers who are look­ing for a way to sup­port their lo­cal coach, ref­eree or club of­fi­cial.

Jon Cain, Prest­bury Ten­nis Club’s 1st XI cap­tain and a Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion Level 4 Se­nior Per­for­mance Coach, is run­ning the course.

Tyther­ing­ton School head­teacher Manny Botwe, praised the train­ing.

He said: “We are de­lighted to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with Prest­bury Ten­nis Club.

“Jon is an ex­cel­lent coach and this is a project that fits in well with our am­bi­tion of de­vel­op­ing fu­ture lead­ers.”

The course fo­cuses on the ba­sics of the game, dif­fer­ent strokes, game for­mats and variations of the sport. It will also ex­am­ine how th­ese variations are used to in­tro­duce the game to peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties.

Ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion skills will also be taught.

Students will have the chance to vol­un­teer at the club and lead a prac­tice ses­sion. They will also have the op­por­tu­nity to help out at a com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter they have qual­i­fied, the students will each re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate from the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion along with a free T-shirt.

They will then put into prac­tice ev­ery­thing they have learned by tak­ing on the task of run­ning the Cheshire Schools Games Festival.

The festival takes place on Mon­day, June 13 and Thurs­day, June 16, at Prest­bury Ten­nis Club.

●● Tyther­ing­ton pupils who are train­ing for the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion Leader Award at Prest­bury Ten­nis Club

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