4 July 2019

More than 1,500 primary school pupils from across Nottingham benefitted from coaching with Nottingham College Sport and Public Services students at the Nottingham Mini Tennis Schools Festival recently.

Fifty Sport and Public Services students delivered the coaching event, which was organised by the Lawn Tennis Association. It ran alongside the 2019 Nature Valley Open Nottingham at Nottingham Tennis Centre in June.

Despite rain stopping a little bit of play, the students ran a variety of activities, from tennis competitions to learning the basics of rallying, then finished off with a competition between all the schools who attended.

Public Services student Harris Pasek-Atkinson said: “Working at the Tennis Centre was a valuable and unique experience. It gave me insight into a completely different field of work than I'm used to.”

The 19-year-old added: “Working with the kids was fun and despite the weather I think we had a great time out on the courts. It wasn't without its pressure, but I came away from it with a revitalised interest in a sport I've always enjoyed and a new one in coaching and teaching.”

The students were able to gain valuable work experience, developing skills including communication, leadership and teamwork. They also found out what goes into running a large public event. The College's Tennis Activator Apprentice, Luke Castle, spent time helping to organise the event as well as being a coach.

Public Services student Amber Taylor said: “I thought that the children really enjoyed the festival and had a good time. I enjoyed all the challenges throughout the week, including the last minute changes in the plan, as this helped me to learn new skills.”

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