Trio of Tennis competitions
On Friday 26th April 2019, the Merton School Sport Partnership (MSSP) hosted the Year 5 & 6 Mini Orange Tennis Borough Competition at WJTI facilities. Sixteen schools entered the competition, which took place using the Mini Orange Tennis format. The sixteen teams were entered into four groups of four and upon arrival.
Our group was very evenly matched, with all teams taking points from each other. However, we came out victorious in our last group match, which meant that we took the coveted second spot. This put us into the final stages of the competition, playing for 1st to 8th place. It was a very close fought quarterfinal match with both teams gaining wins, but unfortunately we lost on points. This put us out of the running for a medal and meant that the highest position we could finish would be 5th place. The team battled through their last two games winning them in convincing style taking 5th place on the day. However, a huge Congratulations goes to the team for winning the Ref-spect award. This is an award voted by other teachers and their teams on the day.
Then, on Friday 3rd May thirteen children from year 6 headed out to represent the school at the annual KS2 inclusive tennis festival, run by the Merton School Sport Partnership (MSSP). This was also hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis Club at the WJTI centre on Grand Drive.
The courts were set up with a carousel of mini games full of colour and variety. All the children had the opportunity to experience 8 tennis-based skill zones either against or alongside other.
The MSSP’s vision and focus for the festival was: for the children to have fun and to encourage young people to get involved with playing tennis (and more sport) in Merton. I think the children would agree with me in saying that they have achieved just that. They all had a great time playing such a vast array of games, with one child saying “I can’t believe that this was a sport, I have had so much fun!”
Lastly, on Friday 10th May it was time for the Year 3/4 Mini Red Tournament, also held at the WJTI centre. After the first match finished in a draw, we went on to win our next three matches 4-0. This put us in a position to play for a medal finish. However, it wasn’t to be. We lost our next match against an excellent team from Pelham. Then in our last match of the day it finished as a draw with both schools winning 2 of the matches. But it went down to points difference and Wimbledon Chase beat us to the 3rd place medals by 3 points.
Over the past 3 weeks the children have really impressed me. Not only with the power and accuracy of their serves and rallies on the court, but also how they have conducted themselves on and off the court. They’ve shown great sportsmanship and displayed resilience when things are not going their way, all whilst having fun with their friends and playing sport.
Well done to everyone involved!!
If you would like to see more photos from these events please click here for a link to our galleries page.
If you are interested in taking up tennis (adults or children) please take a look at our local tennis club Cranleigh, who are running tennis events or on the LTA website where you can find other free events.