Our free, flexible and inclusive Further Education programme has been designed specifically to support wider college outcomes. It brings together qualification resources, competitions and modified accessible formats of the game.
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Red Ball tennis is a fun accessible version of tennis. It is played on a smaller court using red felt or sponge balls which makes the game accessible to all abilities. A red court can be set up across full size tennis courts, inside on a badminton court or anywhere there is enough space to put up a net. The Red Ball resource contains a range of fun games and competition activities.
Cardio Tennis is a fitness-based programme which combines tennis with cardiovascular exercise. It is high energy and can be used when teaching tennis or fitness schemes of work. The 6 session plans are based on tactical themes and each lesson includes suggested strength and conditioning exercises to maintain students’ heart rates when they are not hitting.
Year 11-13 Competition
This competition is designed to encourage recreational to competing players to play competitive tennis and provide the team with an opportunity to compete in Regional Finals. The entry period runs from June to September with local league matches being played from October to December. Winners of the local leagues progress through to the knockout rounds from January, with the Regional Finals taking place in March. Entries open in June.
AoC Sport Competitions
AoC Sport host regional tennis competitions in the Autumn Term. Find out more and enter via the AoC Sport website.
Disability tennis opportunities are part of the regional and national NATSPEC competitions in partnership with AoC Sport and supported by our local Disability tennis coaches from local Open Court tennis venues. We believe this is a vital step towards getting more disabled young people attending community based tennis sessions and competitions.
We are commited to ensuring more disabled students get the opportunity play and compete in tennis while within the FE setting.
Since the beginning of 2019 we have supported over 30 College sites to begin playing tennis, link with a local Open Court venue and access relevant local recreational competitions. We work closely with AoC Sport and their Inclusion HUBS to create more inclusive tennis offers across both curriculum and community settings.
Our Open Court programme provides disability specific and inclusive sessions, focusing on learning disability tennis, wheelchair tennis, visually impaired tennis and deaf tennis. Find out more about our Open Court programme and venues.
Opening up colleges’ tennis facilities to allow community access helps to develop links with, and provide opportunities for the local community, as well as providing an income generation opportunity. The LTA can provide support to colleges who would like to provide community access to their courts through gate access systems, venue management tools and marketing and court booking tools.
Colleges who already open their tennis facilities to the community can access venue management tools, and marketing and court booking tools by completing full LTA Venue Registration here. It is free for education establishments.
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