Serving South Ribble’s next tennis stars

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South Ribble school children have been putting their racquet skills to the test in a Mini Tennis tournament, forming part of the SPAR Lancashire School Games.

Held at the South Ribble Tennis and Fitness Centre, the Level 2 event included 125 children from 19 primary schools from across the South Ribble district.

In teams of 4 (two girls and two boys), school teams were challenged with playing a series of games with the group winners then going on to battle it out for a chance to represent South Ribble in the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals.

The two winning teams were St Leonards Church of England Primary School and Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery.

Runners-up were St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School  and St Mary’s Leyland with other schools taking part; Brindle Gregson Lane Primary School; Samlesbury Church of England School; Broad Oak Primary School;, St Oswalds Catholic Primary School; St Bede’s Catholic Primary School; St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School; St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School; Lostock Hall Community Primary School; Higher Walton Church of England Primary School; Whitefield Primary School; Seven Stars Primary School; Brindle St Jospehs Catholic Primary School; Longton Primary School; Leyland Methodist Primary School; Trinity School Buckshaw Village and Euxton St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Kevin Loughran, school games organiser for South Ribble said: “The Year 3-4 Mini Tennis Tournament gave children a fantastic opportunity to represent their school and practise their teamwork skills.

“Having the event at the South Ribble Tennis and Fitness Centre inspires many children to continue playing at the facility and encourages them to continue developing their tennis skills and level of fitness. Thank you to our partners SPAR and Active Lancashire who help make these competitions possible.”

A pupil from St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School said: “‘I have enjoyed it so much I am going to start coming to lessons every week at the tennis centre.”

Holly Brade, PE Lead at St Leonard’s said: “The children are delighted, many have only just started playing tennis but they all want to take it up as a regular activity after this event.”