Tim Henman visits Gorringe Park Primary School
By adam_leone | Friday, March 01, 2013, 19:47
Wimbledon tennis player, Tim Henman has visited Gorringe Park Primary school in a bid to find young talent.
Tim Henman and Councillor Nick Draper with pupils from Gorringe Park Primary
He also offered lessons as part of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative.
The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative gives school children in Merton the opportunity to experience tennis in the form of a tennis 'Funday'.
As part of this initiative, Tim Henman helped around 250 pupils with their tennis lessons at Gorringe Park Primary School.
He also visited to help identify children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 who have a talent for tennis.
Those categorised as gifted and talented will be given the opportunity to receive further coaching at the All England Club.
Head coach of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Dan Bloxham and his team deliver the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative 'Fundays' to Merton pupils through the Merton School Sport Partnership.
Aimed at Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils, the 'Fundays' are offered to every primary school in the partnership.
With every term being over-subscribed, the scheme has proven to be very popular and has seen over 135,000 children play tennis over the last 11 years.