Game, set and match to Merton schools

A further six schools will receive tennis coaching from the All England Club

Pupils will take centre court at Wimbledon, as a further six Merton schools are joining the All England Club’s successful ‘Road to Wimbledon’ initiative.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage young people to play tennis, and to promote the sport in general. Merton’s school children will have the chance to take part in free tennis coaching and skills sessions at the All England Club, the home of the prestigious Wimbledon Championships and one of the sporting world’s most famous venues.

Pupils from Park House Middle School, Priory Primary School, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Merton Park Primary School, Hollymount Primary School, and Bishop Gilpin Primary School will be taking part. A total of 24 schools are now in the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ scheme with half of the schools from Merton.

Each school will also benefit from a day’s visit from a special All England Club coaching team, which runs a demonstration ‘Play Day’ involving tennis and general sports’ skills training sessions as part of the PE curriculum. As a further step of the initiative, the All England Club will encourage a number of children who show particular talent through further training and skills sessions.

Councillor Maxi Martin, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Primary Education and Children’s Services said: “I am delighted a further six Merton schools are joining the successful ‘Road to Wimbledon’ initiative. It is a fantastic opportunity for our Borough’s children to learn about a sport, which has such a great association with Merton and it may even produce a future Wimbledon star.”

The ‘Road to Wimbledon’ has been running every weekend since its launch last May, and over 2000 local children have taken part.