Beyond the Baseline Mini Tennis Festival

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Kingsbury High School hosted a mini tennis festival for local primary school students as part of the Beyond the Baseline programme.

Beyond the Baseline is an initiative brought to schools by The Tennis Foundation and Youth Sports Trust. The programme uses tennis and inspirational tennis mentors to nurture students’ aspirations and put them on the path to achieving them.

This is the second year that Kingsbury High School has been involved in the programme. This year saw, Tennis Mentor, Jessica Weeks pay three visits to the school to inspire and coach Year 9 students.

By the end of the three sessions the students, along with last year’s mentees, were ready to lead the tennis festival which took place on Friday 6th of May.

Kingsbury High’s School Sports Co-ordinator, Ashley Dunne-Watts said “It was refreshing to see Year 10 and Year 9 Kingsbury High School students work together to create a successful mini tennis festival. The smooth running of the competition would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the Beyond the Baseline Programme.

“We would like to thank the staff and Year 3 & 4 students of the primary schools for attending the event.”

The following schools were in attendance: Byron Court Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, St. Robert Southwell Catholic Primary School, Sudbury Primary School, Preston Park Primary School and Uxendon Manor Primary School.

Kingsbury High School Students go Beyond the Baseline

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On Thursday 10th September 2015 Wimbledon provided the inspirational backdrop as the Tennis Foundation and Youth Sport Trust announced a three year partnership to extend an exciting social change programme, Beyond the Baseline, to 150 secondary schools and 1,500 young people over the next three years.

Kingsbury High School students were involved in the first year of the programme which saw Paralympic Wheelchair tennis player, Louise Hunt, visit Kingsbury High over three sessions to mentor and coach students selected for the programme.

To mark the end of a successful year and to announce the extension of Beyond the Baseline, two Kingsbury High School Year 10 students, Jaysal Halai and Ria Tanna, along with students from other schools, were invited to a special celebration at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The invited guests, who also included Beyond the Baseline mentors and dignitaries from the Tennis Foundation, Wimbledon and Youth Sports Trust, heard about the benefits of the programme, followed by lunch and a tour of Wimbledon.

Geoff Newton, Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said “Beyond the Baseline is a ground-breaking programme that demonstrates the power of tennis to improve the lives of young people across Great Britain. We’re thrilled to be rolling out Beyond the Baseline to even more schools and to continue our close partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.”

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “We are delighted to grow our relationship with the Tennis Foundation, combining the Youth Sport Trust’s considerable experience in raising achievement and athlete mentoring with the power of tennis and the inspiration of elite players.

“This is a truly inspirational programme, using the power of sport to change these young people’s lives for the better. Beyond the Baseline is a great way to help young people reach their potential both on and off the court.”

At Thursday’s event Jaysal and Ria were called up to the stage to be interviewed by Sky Sports Presenter, Jane Dougall. Ria said “The best part of Beyond the Baseline was learning all the leadership skills for leading primary school students and then actually putting all of it into practice.

“It was inspirational listening to Louise and hearing her story. She didn’t let being in a wheelchair stop her from following her dreams.”

Beyond the Baseline

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The Tennis Foundation has partnered with the Youth Sports Trust to deliver an exciting new programme called Beyond the Baseline.

Beyond the Baseline uses tennis and inspirational tennis mentors to nurture students’ aspirations and put them on the path to achieving them. Kingsbury High School’s selected students are lucky to work with Paralympic Wheelchair tennis player and mentor, Louise Hunt, over three sessions.

The Year 9 students were inspired by Louise when hearing about her experiences of playing tennis and the obstacles she has overcome both on and off the court; and they had a series of practical sessions where they learnt the rules of the game, how to umpire, exercises and techniques they can use while playing tennis and they learnt how these skills relate to real life.

The students will use their newly found skills to run tennis sessions for Year 3 and 4 students from surrounding primary schools.

Louise said “I am really excited to be working with the students from Kingsbury High. Last week was my first visit and I was really impressed with the students’ enthusiasm to embrace the Beyond the Baseline programme. I am really looking forward to my up and coming visits and seeing the young peoples’ project taking shape!”