Tennis is fun, great for fitness and for developing hand eye co-ordination. Because it can be played by all ages and abilities, and boys and girls can play together, it’s the ideal school sport. The Tennis Foundation works closely with the Lawn Tennis Association to increase tennis across schools, further and higher education, from getting tennis played more often in primary schools to supporting high performing athletes within Universities. Tennis is fully inclusive and accessible so it really is suitable for every child regardless of ability – there are resources and advice available from the Tennis Foundation to support you in providing inclusive tennis in education!
There are a number of ways for primary school age children to get involved in tennis. One of the main ways is through P.E lessons. We provide teachers with training, support and equipment to enable them to confidently deliver tennis within P.E lessons.
The Tennis Foundation can also provide Activity Cards to help deliver lessons and an Out of Hours Tennis Toolkit for those teachers and staff looking to run an out of hours tennis club. The LTA Mini Tennis programme is also available which includes four colour coded levels of play designed to encourage ‘mini players’ to take part in exciting games which help them develop their skills and confidence.
For students and teachers in secondary schools and colleges there are a number of ways to get involved in tennis in various different forms. The Tennis Foundation offer a three hour Secondary School Tennis Teacher training course to equip teachers with the skills and confidence to deliver all forms of tennis. On offer are also resources, equipment and training for Cardio tennis – which is a tennis inspired work out performed to high-tempo music and great for mixed ability classes as no tennis experience is needed!
The Tennis Foundation also supports opportunities for school children to get involved in volunteering within tennis. ‘Tennis Leaders’ is the first step on the tennis and sport career pathway. Consisting of five modules it gives opportunities it gives children aged 13 years plus the chance to gain skills, confidence and experience which can contribute to the Duke of Edinburgh award and look great on their CV.
Within further education colleges’ tennis can be a great way for teenagers to make new friends, keep active and also gain qualifications and volunteering experience. The Tennis Foundation offers a range of advice and equipment to help staff make tennis a regular feature in their college and also in the curriculum. Cardio Tennis and Short Tennis are just two of the forms of tennis in which students can participate. For those who are more experienced and competitive there are opportunities to compete nationally in Team Tennis Schools competitions.
Tennis is a great way of enhancing the ‘student experience’ helping students settle into University, make new friends and develop new skills through the sport. Clubs are supported by the Tennis Foundation to offer different forms of tennis, including short tennis, cardio tennis and the traditional game so there is something for everyone! For those students who are looking to play at a performance level and competed regularly in BUCS competitions, the Tennis Foundation can provide funding for clubs to help with coaching, court access, travel, physio and nutritional advice.
To find out more about all the opportunities to get involved in tennis, for ages two to 22, visit
Case Studies Schools Tennis
“Tennis is now firmly embedded in the life of our school; girls and boys of all sporting abilities are keenly taking part. The success of our tennis programme IS EVEIDENT EACH YEAR WHEN Wimbledon hits the TV screens: the whole community feels part of this great sporting event. Through the dedicated and inspirational work of our tennis coach, Christine , we have been able to show that tennis is for everyone.”
St. Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets