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Popular LTA Youth programme launches in secondary schools

LTA Youth, the free flagship programme from the LTA which has 2021 US Open Champion Emma Raducanu as its ambassador, is expanding its resources to secondary school educators after the phenomenal success of its Primary programme, which saw over 10,000 teachers register.

Available for the new academic year, LTA Youth is the perfect solution for teachers looking to engage their pupils in a range of new resource topics covering PSHE, careers and Physical Education – all with a tennis twist.

The brand-new resources support teachers to help develop students as both people and players.

As well as teaching fundamental movement skills and developing physical literacy through the PE curriculum lesson plans, LTA are keen to make students aware that tennis is also a great way of developing employability and life skills.

Freely available now to secondary teachers too, LTA Youth’s new dedicated classroom materials support this.

More often than not, pupils want to be the next Andy Murray or, following her outstanding exploits in New York, the next Emma Raducanu, and who can blame them?

This, however, is usually the only route they’re aware of when considering a career in professional tennis.

The new Careers resource from LTA Youth focuses on how tennis goes much further than hitting serves on Centre Court, encouraging students to explore their passion for tennis in a multitude of other ways.

These cross-curricular tennis-themed resources have been developed to be fun, inclusive, and competitive, with specially designed progressive coaching and content that will help develop children aged 11-18 as both players and people.

The LTA Youth Primary Schools programme went down well when launching earlier this year and Dan Smith, teacher at Manchester Road Primary School, who used the resources, commented on the support LTA Youth has provided for his school, saying:

“LTA Youth Schools has been great for our school. Not only have we received amazing training through the free online course, but the resources that we now have are brilliant and we will continue to use them for years to come. Unlike any other training course, we were also given a £250 voucher so we were able to buy the equipment needed for the lessons.”

Tennis is a great way to keep students active. Being healthier is not only a curriculum requirement but encouraging more children to see tennis as a fun activity may also reduce the numbers of children being recorded as obese in schools across the UK.

All sessions are designed to ensure pupils have an enjoyable and positive experience, helping to improve mental health and wellbeing, using tennis as a vehicle to address these challenges.

LTA Youth is inviting teachers to take part in their free, 2-hour training course. With virtual and face-to-face options available, this training will help boost confidence in delivering PE.

On completion of the course, schools will receive a £250 voucher and tennis activity pack. 4,000 teachers in the UK have completed the course already.

Now for the real advantage – for the first time, LTA Youth will be offering a visit from a professional tennis player as part of the programme as they look to highlight the benefits of tennis in building active lifestyles and key skills for the future.

Join the active online community of over 10,000 teachers today and sign up to LTA Youth. Be sure to share pictures of your school taking part in the LTA Youth programme by tagging @the_LTA on twitter.

On Friday 24 September, Emma Raducanu and other British winners at the US Open, Joe Salisbury, Alfie Hewitt and Gordan Reid came together for a special homecoming celebration event – the perfect viewing for pupils looking to get into tennis. Show this video in your next show and tell, where these outstanding tennis stars answer questions live from a local school.

The video is available here.



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