GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Posted on: 07/12/2022

Tim Henman visits Manor!

Tennis ace inspires our young players

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Tt1Tt2Tt4British tennis superstar Tim Henman was inspiring young players when he visited our school.

The former British no.1 came to school as part of the LTA Youth Tennis programme, an innovative scheme aimed at children aged from four to 18. It is designed to help more younger players enjoy the benefits of their sport and stay with tennis whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background. A total of 286 children from Years 1 to 6 are taking part.

Our school was encouraged by The Tim Henman Foundation and GLF Schools, our trust, to take up an offer from the LTA of free online teacher training as part of the programme, which is being delivered across both primary and secondary schools.

Foundation Head at GLF, Jak Martin said: “The GLF Schools Foundation tennis programme has been a great success. Students and staff are thoroughly enjoying having the opportunity to take part in these expertly delivered tennis sessions.”

After our school registered with LTA Youth Schools, we completed the Primary teacher training course and received a £250 voucher, an incentive for completing the training, which we chose to use for ten hours of team teaching with a local LTA Accredited Coach. 

LTA Youth Start is delivered by coaches at tennis clubs, parks and other venues around the country, and includes six fun and progressive sessions with a trained LTA Youth Start coach, along with a free tennis racket, set of balls and a branded t-shirt for each child. We are the second GLF school to benefit from the link-up.

Tim said: “We first took the programme with the LTA into Chestnut Park Primary School, where the students have so much potential, and we’ve really seen the benefit.

“The last few years have been so challenging for everyone, and the deprivation is even greater now, with more individuals, families and schools needing support.

 

“Accessibility and opportunity in tennis is not always easy, but you can see from the reaction of the children how worthwhile it is. You don’t have to have a traditional tennis court – it can be the playground or the school hall. 

 

“It’s very motivating for the children to be getting something they wouldn’t ordinarily have received – that’s what motivates me to do more.”

After a coaching session with the former world number four, our school’s eight house leaders had the opportunity to put their questions to him.

Thomas, Finnan, Amelia, Liza, Seren, Layla, Olivia and Emilie, who are all in Year 6, asked Tim a range of questions from his training schedule when he was their age to how many competitions he had won, and whether he had ever regretted leaving school at 16 to play tennis.