In the summer QCF grantee Penzance Tennis Club concluded their year long project of delivering tennis in primary schools within Penwith. In total Ian Vidgen and his team visited 8 schools, provided 225 hours of coaching, and introduced over 3,500 children to tennis.
The key benefit of the project was to inspire children from a variety of socio and economic backgrounds to play tennis as part of an active lifestyle. For a lot of the children tennis was something they previously considered inaccessible to them. Ian and his team worked incredibly hard to make the sessions fun and enjoyable for everyone. On one occasion they even dressed up as pirates, much to the enjoyment of the children and teaching staff.
“I love to play tennis with our coach Sammy. We warm up and then play lots of different tennis games using rackets and balls. It’s really lots of fun!”
Nellie, Godolphin School
“The support that we have received from The QCF has meant that we have been able to do more lessons to more children than ever before. It’s been great to see so many kids enjoying playing tennis and coming down to the club as a result of he sessions we’ve done in schools.”
Sammy Bassett, Coach
The project overcame many significant hurdles, largely due to the impact of Covid-19. However, Penzance showed great flexibility in their planning and deliverance throughout their project, such as by offering more sessions for the schools that they were able to visit during the periods of restrictions.
The Queen’s Club Foundation is very proud of the impact that Penzance Tennis Club has made on its local community and congratulate them for their success. We would also like to give a special mention to the Head Coach Ian Vidgen who in recognition of his work was awarded the regional, and nominated nationally, LTA Development Coach of the Year 2021.