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Lawn Tennis Association Award

Staff and pupils at Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Pontypridd are ecstatic after being awarded the Education Programme of the Year Award" from the Lawn Tennis Association.


Two years ago, tennis was barely on the radar at Cardinal Newman RC School, but since taking part in innovative secondary schools programme 'School of Tennis', it has become a hub for the sport.

'School of Tennis' is designed and managed by the Tennis Foundation. It aims to radically change the way tennis is delivered in secondary schools to make it more relevant and engaging for teenagers. The programme provides schools with support so they can deliver tennis in the best way to suit their school and pupils.

Neil Perkins an Assistant Headteacher at the school said; "With such poor facilities we jump at any opportunity for external funding. The Tennis Foundation, Tennis Wales and the Lawn Tennis Association have been fantastic in facilitating and funding the 'School of Tennis' program. Our fabulous PE department have embraced the project and taken it to the next level. We as a school are so proud of their achievements."

Christine Sprowell, Schools Tennis Manager at the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain's leading tennis charity, said: "The PE staff and Senior Leadership Team have been hugely supportive in radically changing the way tennis is delivered in the school and subsequently bringing more students to the game so they can enjoy all the physical and social benefits which tennis brings."

The PE Department will be presented with the National Award by the Duchess of Gloucester at Wimbledon on the 4th July 2017.

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