This week sees the return of The Norfolk School Games Finals, a week long run of sports events for primary and secondary school pupils.
On day 3 of the Games, 128 Year 3/4 pupils from across Norfolk took part in one of the biggest mini tennis tournaments of the year, held at #ueasportspark
School’s had qualified for today’s finals through local sports partnership events earlier in the year.
The format of the competition enabled 4 players from each school to compete with there corresponding number from the opposing school.
After the initial briefing, the round robins commenced with 8 groups of 4 teams playing each other to determine placings for the knockout stages in the afternoon.
The matches came thick and fast, with some outstanding rallies and determined shot making. By mid day the groups were complete and after a quick break the knock out competition started.
For many of those taking part, this was a very new experience. Playing 6 singles matches against 6 different schools was a fantastic effort and congratulations to all for competing so well.
All 128 pupils received a letter inviting them to a free coaching session at any of the following participating clubs:- Easton&Otley College Tennis Centre, Acle TC, KES CTC (Kings Lynn), Wymondham TC, Hingham TC, Cromer TC, Gorleston TC, National Tennis Association – which includes Eaton Park, East Anglia T&SC, Taverham TC, Reepham TC, Titan Tennis (Thetford)
- Catton Grove
- St Francis
- Spooner Row A
- Blofield A
- North Wooton B
- Spooner Row B
- North Wooton A
- St Marthas
- Hethersett A
- Reepham 1
- Thomas Bullock
- Barnham Broom
- Methwold 2
- Reepham 2
- Methwold 4
- Martham A
- Hethersett B
- Rollesby B
- Methwold 1
- Bure Valley
- Methwold 3
Much thanks to local tennis coaches who helped to organise matches throughout the day:
Vicky and Nicky, https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/EastonTennis/Contact
To Sports Leaders from Thorpe St Andrew School who provided the umpires and to Thomas Spurgeon from Brighton University.
To UEA Sportspark who continue to sponsor #nsgsummer19
If you would like to see some of the photos taken by the official Active Norfolk photographer please follow this link: https://norfolkschoolgames.instaproofs.com/gallery/#events/1670917
She rallies is a Judy Murray led initiative where female ambassadors are trained by Judy to the train other females. With the hope to encourage more girls to try tennis.
On 25th June 10 ladies from all over the county attended Norfolk’s first ‘little miss hits’ Course. This course is aimed to teach females to deliver non technical fun starter tennis sessions to 5-8year old girls.
We had a great mixture of coaches, assistants, parents and teachers. The group worked brilliantly together and understood the concept of the course very quickly. For details of future courses please contact Kim Burgess on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cromer Tennis Club recently hosted a corporate tennis event for Norfolk Tennis. 8 teams each consisting of 4 players enjoyed a sunny, although rather chilly afternoon on the beautiful grass courts. Teams were made up of local business people and senior Norfolk players. Delicious cakes and tea followed by an evening bar-b-que were provided by the club. The event was won by the ‘Monday Nighters’, a team made up from a group of eight players that have played together for many years!
The event raised in excess of £2000 towards the Norfolk Tennis Schools project. Stuart Silvester, Norfolk Tennis Schools Co-ordinator said ‘We are extremely grateful to participants and also the sponsors, Norfolk Homes, Icarus Hines the butcher and Barclays Bank for supporting this event. Cromer Tennis Club were also generous with their time and contributions in making the afternoon such a success. The money will allow us to expand the thriving schools programme in to new areas of the County’.
Monday Nighters – Richard Elliott, Johnny Chadd, Hugh Beevor and Chris Bradley-Watson
On day 1 of the Norfolk School Games 128 eager tennis proteges from schools across the county took to the indoors halls a the UEA Sportspark.
All eight School Sports Partnerships had previously held qualifying events, with the top four teams progressing to todays county finals.
Each school competed in a knockout competition, with every team guaranteed five matches. With 4 players in each school team this amounted to over 80 matches!
The atmosphere was electric with players raring to go from the start. The matches continued thick and fast, with team mates cheering their friends on. Every point was to play for as tied results would mean a countback on points won. (this happened on several occasions due to the closeness of the competition).
The semi finals were tense affairs with Catton Grove narrowly edging out North Wooton. In what had to be the match of the day, Woodlands A clinched the match against Hethersett A by virtue of winning the No.1 Singles match. The teams were tied at 2-2 and also tied on the same number of points!
In the final, Catton Grove came through to claim the title against Woodlands A, with Hethersett A winning the 3/4th play off with North Wooton.
Schools who lost there first match continued to play off to determine a placed finish. In the end, having won all four of there remaining matches, St Francis of Assisi defeated Blofield to win the consolation event.
The trophies and medals were handed out by She Rallies Ambassador for Norfolk, Kim Burgess. On the day Kim also managed to get 3 more teachers signed up for a ‘Mishits’ workshop. An LTA initiative aimed at providing teacher/training to support female members of staff with coaching ideas to deliver to girls aged 5-8.
A big thank you to all the competing schools and to all the club volunteers who supported the event from:- Hingham TC, Wymondham TC, Norwich Parks Tennis, East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club, KES Community Club (Kings Lynn), Cromer TC, Thetford TC
Everyone of today’s competitors has received a letter inviting them to a FREE taster tennis session at one of the above listed clubs.
Enjoy Wimbledon 2018 and keep practising!
Full Results here:-
MINI TENNIS RESULTS 2018
Norfolk LTA have funded a pilot scheme to offer primary school pupils across Norfolk a sustainable curriculum time tennis programme.
Initially the pilot will be across schools in the Breckland School Sports Partnership. Participating Primary Schools will recieve coaching as part of there curriculum PE delivery and also take part in cluster competitions organised by the county.
The programme is designed to enable KS2 pupils to recieve curriculum delivery and competition with KS1 pupils taking part in after school clubs and tennis festivals.
The scheme is part funded by the schools and NLTA.
Good luck to the following participating schools, with play starting in March through to July: Northwold, Methwold, Weeting, Hingham, Gt Ellingham, Rocklands Community, Hethersett
It is hoped the pilot will encourage more children to start playing tennis at local clubs and for the scheme to move around the county.
NLTA are looking for a sponsor to help fund and develop the programme. If this may be of interest to you please contact Stuart Silvester at email@example.com
For further information regarding tennis in schools please go to the link below: