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Emma Raducanu set to inspire thousands of pu

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 14 2021 10:02AM

Tennis star Emma Raducanu is helping to inspire thousands of primary pupils to take up the sport.

Following the exceptional performance from the British breakthrough, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open over the weekend, Emmamania is being captured by the LTA in a new tennis programme for four-eleven-year-olds.

The LTA’s Youth Schools programme gives teachers free, simple training so they can deliver the scheme to their pupils.

On completion of the two-hour course, schools will receive a £250 voucher and tennis activity pack.

And for the first time, LTA Youth will be offering a visit from a professional tennis player for new sign ups to the programme.

So far, the scheme has got more than 4,00 schools and 10,000 teachers involved in conjunction with professional LTA-accredited coaches.

The challenges contain some simple warm-up activities, which will take children around 15

minutes to complete.

Children can then take part in exciting, tennis-themed lessons, lasting around 45 minutes, covering subjects such as numeracy, literacy, geography and science.

Tom Gibbins a former teacher and now head of education & community at The LTA, said: “What we have seen over the past few weeks from an up and coming British tennis player in Emma Raducanu has been nothing short of spectacular.

“This is such a great moment for our sport and even more so as we look to inspire future generations across the country to take up tennis. Our free LTA Youth Schools Programme was designed to support teachers in moments like this.”

Dan Smith, a teacher at Manchester Road Primary School who has used the resources, said: “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.”

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