pupils net clegg visit as school hits 10,000 mark

st catherine's pupils - schools tennis programme
st catherine's pupils - schools tennis programme

There was a net gain for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg when he took part in a tennis lesson at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School in Sheffield.

The school had become the 10,000th primary to receive free tennis equipment, training and resources as part of the AEGON Schools Tennis programme organised by the Tennis Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Mr Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, was on hand to present St Catherine’s with their tennis pack before joining in with the on-court activities.

He said: “It’s been great to see how a school like St Catherine’s can teach tennis, even indoors, using the AEGON programme.

“Tennis is a healthy sport for all ages and all parts of the community. It’s good to see a national governing body that is investing in school sport and that recognises that sport plays a crucial part of a child’s education.”

Head Teacher Fiona Rigby said: “We are honoured to be the 10,000th school to participate in the programme.

“We want to make teaching the basics of tennis a priority at the school and I’m sure the children will all benefit from the top-quality, free equipment we have received. The teachers have also really benefited from the training and DVD provided.

“It’s one of our aims to get more children playing tennis and this programme has enabled us to offer that.”