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Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

As the renowned lawn tennis competition gears up, here's a selection of resources to get your pupils into backhanding, volleying and smashing spirit...

  • Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

In just under a week’s time, the finest tennis players in the world will be converging on south-west London for two weeks of ferocious serves, extraordinary returns, spellbinding rallies and nail-biting tie breaks at Wimbledon.

2016 might be one of those years with a particularly packed summer of sport, what with Euro 2016 and the upcoming Rio Olympics and Paralympics, but the occasion of the world’s oldest Grand Slam will doubtless pull in as large an audience of spectators as ever, keen to follow the fortunes of Murray, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, plus the Williams sisters, Muguruza, Radwanska and Kerber.

It’s also the ideal time to get your pupils acquainted with both the game itself and all manner of tennis-related outdoor fitness activities. We’ve gathered together a selection of resources below to help you on your way. However you choose to mark Wimbledon at your school, though, let’s hope it’s more…

and less…

*For more Wimbledon resources check out our more-recent version for the 2017 Championships here.

1. The Tennis Foundation

Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

If you’re serious about wanting to get your pupils into tennis, your first stop should probably the UK’s biggest tennis charity. As well as working to make tennis tennis more inclusive and accessible for disabled players, it seeks to support teachers in making tennis a core part of their school’s PE provision.

To that end, teachers, coaches and other individuals keen on developing their school’s interest in sport can register for free access to a range of tennis-related teaching resources.

Schools wanting to take their interest a step further can then opt to join the Tennis Foundation’s Schools Tennis Membership scheme. Priced at a modest £15 (primaries) or £35 (secondaries) per year, it includes discounts on purchases of tennis equipment, eligibility for a Wimbledon ticket ballot, the ability to apply for small grants scheme and priority access to selected resources.

Further details can be found at the Tennis Foundation website and in this downloadable guide [PDF].

2. PE Planning / Tennis Lesson Plans

Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

Head over to PE Planning and you can avail yourself of seven free tennis-themed lesson plans spanning reception to Y6.

Starting with absolute basics and progressing through to rally techniques and target practice activities, each lesson is based around a specific theme (‘Tennis Fun’; ‘Tennis Development’, ‘Tennis Serve’)  and broken down into discrete stages, from initial warm-up and co-ordination to skill development, class game, warm-down and plenary discussion points.

Download them here

3. Primary Resources / Tennis Games

Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

A 14-page page PDF available from the Primary Resources website, containing instructions and explanatory diagrams for a series of fun, bite-sized games pitched at KS1/KS2 designed to gently introduce and develop the hand-eye co-ordination and movement skills tennis requires.

Download it here

4. School Games / Primary Tennis

Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

Many may well be familiar with the School Games – a programme supported by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust that helps schools give their pupils opportunities to take part in competitive sport at intra-school, inter-school, county and national levels.

Among the numerous resources at the School Games are three with a tennis theme, the first being ‘Competition Card’ for primaries, which contains a short guide to setting up your own intra-school ‘Mini Tennis’ tournament. Also aimed at primaries is a ‘Challenge Card’ with instructions for three accessible activities to help your pupils practice their tennis skills – ‘Bounce About’, ‘High, Middle and Low’ and ‘Target’.

For secondaries, there’s a set of three double-sided cards with instructions of a trio of tennis-based games that would lend themselves well to intra-school competition – ‘Timed Tennis’, ‘TouchTennis’ and ‘#YOUvsWALL’.

Download the Primary Tennis Competition Card
Download the Primary Tennis Challenge Card
Download the Secondary Intra-School Resource

5. Twinkl

Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

If you’re wanting to add a little tennis flavour to your cross-curricular teaching, it’s worth taking a look at what Twinkl has to offer.

This set of tennis word cards is freely available to any registered Twinkl users. ‘Plarinum Classic’ Twinkl subscribers, meanwhile, can download a Wimbledon-themed Differentiated Fact File for KS1 and Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity for KS2, plus a selection of PowerPoint presentations.

6. PE Central / Tennis Stations!

Anyone For Tennis? – Get Set For Wimbledon With These 6 Tennis Resources For Schools

Available via the US-centric site PE Central is this PE lesson plan that seeks to build pupils’ racket and ball skills by having them undertake activities at a series of five ‘tennis stations’.

Designed for a class size of 25 and aimed at K-12 Grades 3 to 5 (KS2 in English money), the ideas include ‘bump up’ station and a ‘caution tape’ court for practising rallying, and suggestions for assessing pupils’ progress at the start and end of the lesson.

Download it here

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