Courtesy of the LTA and its flagship LTA Youth programme, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is being offered to teachers that could see teenage sensation, Emma Raducanu MBE, appear virtually in your very own classroom for a Q&A. Questions at the ready!
LTA Youth Schools is available for free to both Primary and Secondary schools nationwide. This innovative junior programme has been created by the LTA – the National Governing body for tennis in Britain – to help more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability, or background. Based on world leading expertise, research, and science, and drawing on insight from parents and players – the curriculum aligned tennis resources are perfect to build into lesson planning covering topics such as PSHE and Physical Education.
To be entered into the prize draw to win a virtual Q&A for your school with the US Open champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, teachers need to simply register for a free, online teacher training course and complete training before 13 May 2022. On completion of the course, schools will also receive a £250 voucher to spend on ten hours of team-teaching support from an LTA accredited Coach or on equipment. Win-win!
The free Primary or Secondary online teacher training course (approx. two hours) and can be done in the comfort of your own home (or classroom!). With over 5,000 participating schools having already completed the training, there’s never been a better time to build your confidence in delivering the resources from the LTA Youth Schools Programme.
Following her recent sporting triumphs, LTA Youth Ambassador, Emma Raducanu, expresses her desire to see more young people get involved in playing tennis: “I would like to encourage and inspire more young people to get out there and get active. Not only is tennis great for your overall fitness, it has taught me perseverance, how to balance my education with sport and given me the opportunity to meet new people.”
LTA Youth Schools can be included into both Primary & Secondary lessons. Following last year’s launch, the curriculum linked Secondary resources feature 5 employability lesson plans accompanied by engaging videos, as well as PE based resources. The well established and popular cross-curricular Primary resources are packed full of exciting activities to help encourage children and young people to stay active and have fun picking up a racket.
As well as teaching fundamental movement skills and developing physical literacy through the PE curriculum lesson plans, tennis is also a great way of developing employability and life skills and LTA Youth Schools have dedicated classroom materials to support this.
Teachers can now also try out LTA Youth Schools Primary Skills Festival resource. Featuring 30 exciting, tennis-themed activities, this resource will help inspire your pupils to explore exciting ways to learn new skills. The activities can be used to host competitions in school or even with other schools.
“We’re delighted to offer teachers and their pupils the unique and special opportunity to speak directly with one of sport’s global stars.” commented Head of Education & Community at the LTA, Tom Gibbins. “With recent British success, we know that the topic of tennis is at an all time high. Through the virtual Q&A and our free school resources we hope to continue inspiring the next generation to follow in Emma’s footsteps.”
Join the active community of over 14,000 teachers and complete your free online teacher training before the 13th May and this extraordinary opportunity could be for you and your school. This exciting new competition will help inspire the next generation of tennis players across Britain.
*£250 voucher (limited to one per school) to spend on 10 hours team teaching support from a local LTA Accredited Coach, or equipment. View our Terms and Conditions here and competition Terms and Conditions here.