George Eliot to play Tennis under Big Ben

Nuneton School to participate in Tennis Event in Westminster

George Eliot School in Nuneaton has been selected to participate in an event that is being held at New Palace Yard in Westminster on Wednesday 18th June.

10 schools from across the country have been selected via a digital competition to participate in the activity – Primary, special, and secondary schools were invited to create a short video showcasing ways in which their pupils are taking part in tennis, not just by playing but in other ways across the curriculum that engages the whole school community.

Ten lucky schools won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play tennis under Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament in London with some of the stars of British tennis. The judging panel, which was made up of representatives from British tennis, as well as Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the British Tennis Youth Group, were looking for submissions that demonstrate innovative ways of delivering tennis and the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle through tennis with a focus on enjoyment and respect between pupils.

Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, said: "I am delighted to be able to support the LTA and Tennis Foundation's new schools competition that celebrates the important role sport plays in the lives of children and young people. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Andy Murray's tremendous victory at Wimbledon last summer were historic moments in this country's sporting life. Initiatives such as this schools' competition will hopefully build on the legacy they have helped create, encouraging and inspiring even more children and young people to grab a racket and give tennis a go."

Mr Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, said: "I am delighted to be able to host the winners of this competition on the Westminster Estate this summer. I am passionate about the importance of children and young people being active from an early age, and sport has a key role to play in this. British tennis is making a significant contribution to sport provision across the education sector, with its tennis programme now in over half the schools in the UK. This competition provides an exciting opportunity to celebrate tennis in our schools, as we look forward to another exciting summer for British tennis."

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Tennis Foundation Trustee, said: "Tennis is great for keeping children active, it's totally accessible and you can play it anywhere. That's why I'm delighted to be involved in this special competition from British tennis and I encourage pupils, teachers and parents to get involved."

Edward Timpson, Minister responsible for school sport, said: "We know just how important it is to engender a love of sport in children from an early age, which they can then carry with them throughout their lives. Competitions like this can contribute to that. It's also why this government is giving £150m per year to primary schools to spend on improving sport and PE, and trusting head teachers to spend it on what they think will benefit their pupils most. That could include hiring specialist tennis coaches or organising tennis competitions between schools – and may even help us to unearth another future British Grand Slam winner." For full news Item Click here



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