Ilkeston students get Wimbledon fever at tournament

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It was game, set and match for primary pupils from across Erewash who took part in a tennis tournament.

Two preliminary events were held and Sawley Junior, Firfield Primary, Chaucer Junior and Hallam Fields went through to the final where Sawley were crowned the champions.

Other schools which took part in the events included Ashbrook Junior, Mapperley Primary, Shardlow Primary and Brooklands Primary.

All of the events were run by Mark Towers from Speedball Tennis in Long Eaton, who showed the pupils some basic tennis moves before they played a series of matches.

He said: “It’s been great to see the quality of the players involved and that’s what I’ve really noticed, the quality is definitely going up.

“Every year we are getting more schools interested in tennis.

“I’ve been visiting Chaucer Junior and they are now using equipment and managing tennis sessions themselves and their improvement has been phenomenal.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said she hoped that the events had inspired the pupils involved.

She said: “It’s not long now until Wimbledon starts and hopefully events like this will encourage children to give tennis a go.”