Tennis Ireland has recently launched Tennis for health and wellbeing the new School Tennis programme for primary and secondary schools.
At first sight tennis may not look like an obvious choice for delivery through the school PE programme. Questions often arise such as, how can we play tennis with no nets? Is it not dangerous with the hard tennis balls? What about all the different ages and abilities?
The Schools Tennis Initiative offers teachers and schools resources to enable them to deliver tennis in PE classes with no nets and using modified equipment. It also links local coaches and clubs to schools and provides opportunities for all students to take part in FitHit events across Ireland
Sign up for your health and wellbeing school pack today!
If you have any questions about the lesson plans, FitHit events or schools equipment contact Olwyn O’Toole Schools Development Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 086 3511423
If you would like help with finding a coach or linking with a club in your area please contact your local Regional Development Officer:
|Connacht||Olwyn O’Toole||Email: email@example.com||Mob: (087)7120756|
|Munster||Lucy Penkova||Email: Lucy.rdo@TennisIreland.ie||Mob: (087) 6882286|
|Fingal||Tara Congdon||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Mob: (085)1076000|
|Rest of Leinster||Peter Farrell||Email: Peter.Farrell@tennisireland.ie||Mob: (086) 8228235|
|Ulster||Lauren Smythe||Email: email@example.com||Mob: 075 40466750|
Each game has a link to a video where you can see the game in action. The lesson plans are complemented by assessment cards that can be given to pupils at the start of the course, and which allow pupils to chart their progress. Certificates are available for download and are great for presentation days.
We hope you will give your pupils the opportunity to try tennis in PE and feel free to contact us in Tennis Ireland if there is anything we can do to help make that happen!
Check out this short video to see the Games Strand of the PE Curriculum in action in a primary school PE class: http://vimeo.com/78152943
In order to sign up to become a Schools Tennis Coach/Park Organiser, you must have the following in place: