This term our Year 8 students are learning how to play tennis.
Tennis, which dates back to the 1800’s, builds skills in agility, strength, endurance and mental fortitude.
It also helps students to practice their soft skills in problem solving and resilience.
As part of the program students are working with coaches from Tennis Australia, who provide students with an opportunity to learn from industry experts.
“Tennis is a sport for a lifetime which includes many developmental benefits for children. The hand eye coordination, physical strength, speed, flexibility and agility exercises will lend to children mastering other activities off the court. Having qualified coaches from the Mandurah Tennis Club facilitate sessions at Coastal Lakes College provides the students with an introduction to tennis and an opportunity to further explore tennis outside school hours”, quoted Mandurah Tennis Club.
The Year 8 students are definitely feeling the benefit from the coaches, “I feel like my tennis skills have improved a lot because they (the coaches) have taught us so many skills. I’ve really enjoyed having the coaches here, they have helped me a lot”, stated Madison from Year 8.
PE staff involved have been impressed by everyone’s ability to get in and give the sport a crack, especially when it’s a game that not many students have played before. “It’s been great to watch the students improve as each week goes on”, said Leah Smith.
‘We have amazing sports facilities at Coastal Lakes College and it’s great to see the students using them’.
The coaching has been made possible via a funding from Sporting Schools WA.