School set to serve up tennis coaches
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