Henman’s coaching is a real hit at Chestnut Park Primary
Tim Henman, the former UK tennis number 1, visited Chestnut Park Primary School in West Croydon this morning as part of an attendance initiative organized by the Lawn Tennis Association and funded by the former’s charity foundation player.
LTA Youth is an innovative junior program for children aged 4-18, created to help more children experience the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, regardless of age, gender, ability, disability or their origin.
Chestnut Park Primary School is located in one of the most deprived areas in the country. Last year, the school was encouraged by the Tim Henman Foundation and their academic trust, GLF Schools, to adopt the LTA offer of free online teacher training through the LTA Youth Schools program.
The school completed the primary teacher training course and received a £250 voucher, an incentive to take the training, which they chose to use for 10 hours of team teaching with an LTA accredited coach local.
Following this, and to help students continue their tennis journey beyond their PE sessions, the Tim Henman Foundation funded the school’s 592 students to participate in an LTA Youth Start course. , developed as the perfect introductory course for young children who are new to tennis.
LTA Youth Start is delivered by coaches at tennis clubs, parks and other locations across the country, and includes six progressive, fun sessions with a trained LTA Youth Start coach, plus a free tennis racquet, a set of balls and a branded t-shirt for each child.
Today’s event was the third of six LTA Youth Start training sessions that will be delivered to students by coaches through April.
“Sports opportunities in areas that need them the most are what we seek,” Henman said today after leading a Chestnut Park student training session.
Luke Digweed of the LTA said: “The LTA Youth Schools program is a great opportunity to get students playing and learning through tennis and it’s fantastic that the primary school teachers in Chestnut Park have completed training to open tennis to its students. .
“It’s fantastic that the Tim Henman Foundation has been able to provide Chestnut Park Elementary School with additional funding for students to continue their introduction to tennis through the LTA Youth Start program, and it was great to have Tim to school for this semester.”
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