Kids enjoy CITC tennis tournament
- Fri 22 Feb 2013, 4:42PM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
As part of disability month, City in the Community have hosted a tennis tournament in partnership with Manchester City Council and the LTA.
Four specialist support schools competed in the mini tennis tournament which took place at the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre on Tuesday 12 February.
The five schools involved; Grange School and Melland School from Gorton, Lancasterian School from Didsbury and Piper Hill from Wythenshawe have all previously received tennis coaching sessions in school as part of the ‘One City’ Disability Sport programme.
The three year programme is funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund and aims to increase sporting opportunities and develop player pathways for disabled people in Manchester.
The teams, which included both boys and girls, played each other in a round robin format with the emphasis being on learning the rules of tennis, enjoyment and participation.
The tournament was the first time many of the pupils had played in a competitive environment and they all demonstrated plenty of skill and sportsmanship.
Grange School eventually won the tournament to take home the ‘One City’ tennis trophy.
“It was fantastic to give pupils the opportunity to play tennis away from the school environment," said Andy Perry who delivers tennis lessons as part of the programme.
"There was a range of abilities playing against each other but all pupils demonstrated good tennis skills, sportsmanship and loved playing in the tournament.’’
The day was supported by CITCs apprentices Josh Black and George Duxbury who umpired the matches throughout the tournament.
Earlier in the month they attended a tennis activators course which was delivered in partnership with Manchester City Council to develop their knowledge of tennis.
For more information regarding the ‘One City’ Disability Sport Programme please contact Daniel Landstrom on 0161 436 7835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.