As the country comes down with its annual dose of Wimbledon fever, it was ‘game, set and match’ for pupils who have taken part in a tennis leadership course to hone the skills required to become match officials and coaches.

During the summer term, the Year 7 and 8 pupils were served up an ace training programme organised by the King Edward School Sport Partnership, during which they learned about the rules of the game and the roles of chair umpire and line umpire, as well as the principles of coaching.

After successfully completing the tennis leadership initiative, pupils coached at and officiated a tennis competition for primary schools across Birmingham, which took place at King Edward VI Aston School.

Speaking about the event, pupils Dawoud Mirza and Ahmed Saif said: “The training we received helped us gain the confidence to believe that we could officiate games and coach the primary school pupils at the tennis competition. We developed our organisational skills and learnt a lot about working with others in a busy environment.”

Principal Asiyah Ravat said:

“I am proud of our pupils who underwent a training programme to become match officials and coaches for a schools tennis competition. The event enabled our pupils to further develop their organisational skills; working with others as well as developing their confidence in leading others.”

The King Edward School Sports Partnership aims to:

  • Utilise the potential of physical education and sport to be a driver for a healthy lifestyle resulting in lifelong participation.
  • Harness the motivating power of sport to engage all students, promoting social inclusion and developing leadership qualities.
  • Work closely with the family of schools and the wider community to promote shared development and transfer of good practice to raise standards and increase participation across the partnership.
  • Enable teaching and learning in PE and sport to be a catalyst for development, impacting on student attitudes and self-esteem, and to be physically literate.
  • Create opportunities for involvement in sport for all children.

To find out more about the King Edward School Sports Partnership visit http://www.kessp.com/.

PUPILS have taken part in a tennis leadership course to hone the skills required to become match officials and coaches