The University of Portsmouth Racquet Club has been awarded a £500 grant from the Barclays BUCS Development Award, to aid members to develop and gain UKCC Level 1 tennis coaching qualifications.
The money will go towards training certain members interested in coaching, up to LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) level 1, which qualifies the individual to coach ‘Mini Tennis’ which is a reduced form of tennis designed to introduce schoolchildren to the sport. The club hope to get in a qualified coach to train members.
The award is a great achievement for the club, with only 14 out of 40 university clubs across the country securing a grant.
Barclays is the official tennis partner to British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). The tennis development Award and tennis development funding comes through BUCS and from their official tennis partner, Barclays.
Racquet Club president, Jonathan Miles said: “I’m very impressed with the level of interest we have had from our members and sport development students concerning this opportunity.”
The team hope to work alongside the UP for Sport campaign to provide free coaching in the community.
Jonathan said: “The whole idea is to work with UP for Sport, to put people into schools, to actually use the qualification to give something back.
“Last year we did a community coaching project run by Nike, and the people who took part in it were really happy with it, so we looked this year to do something again. We did ten hours coaching in schools, and we aim to do the same this year, as well as forge links in the community.
“It is a fantastic coaching skill to have, because there is so much development you can do with it, we basically just wanted to give people a chance to use their skill, get the qualification and then go out and use it.”