Chesterfield’s tennis education programme is a winner
Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club and Chesterfield College are celebrating after winning the Derbyshire Tennis Award for the best education programme. The award was given to the partnership to recognise the impact of the work that they have been doing together to provide opportunities for groups of who wouldn’t normally have access to tennis facilities.
With the help of £700 of funding from the Lawn Tennis Association the Tennis Club and the College have been running weekly tennis sessions at the Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club for all students to take part in under the watchful eye of the clubs expert coaches and student volunteers.
Together they have also developed a Tennis Leaders course which teaches potential young leaders and coaches about how to deliver tennis to new participants as a volunteer.
Up to 75 students with disabilities will also be taking part in tennis lessons at Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club throughout the summer term.
Ryan Bullock, Sport and Exercise Science Lecturer from Chesterfield College said: “The impact of this project has been fantastic. We’ve had around 40 students involved in the weekly lunchtime tennis sessions so far this year, letting them experience tennis in a friendly and relaxed environment and introducing some to their local community club. Not only that, we have been able to give two very keen students access to a qualification that will help them develop their career in tennis.”
Paul Hatton, Director of Tennis from Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club said: “Tennis is a great way to keep fit and active. It is a sport that everyone should be able to try at any point in their lives. Working with Chesterfield College helps us to allow more people to play and to train the next generation of coaches too. It is really important to make tennis as accessible as possible if we are going to develop home grown stars of the future which is why these kinds of initiatives are vital for the future of British tennis.”