04 August 2016

London Youth proved that the positive legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games was still alive on 3 August by hosting the London Youth Tennis festival, in association with the Tennis Foundation’s SERVES programme.
Over 80 young people from the Tennis Foundation SERVES programme competed in the London Youth Tennis Festival’s Under 12 and Under 14 competition. The festival was a great opportunity for the young people who’ve been playing modified tennis in their community groups, as part of the SERVES programme, to play on a traditional tennis court. The young people were given access to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the very venue which hosted the wheelchair tennis matches during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
London Youth has been working with the Tennis Foundation’s SERVES programme to bring tennis to a new generation of young Londoners. SERVES supports local community groups run tennis activities by supplying them with the skills and equipment they need. The programme has been helping young people from London Youth member clubs across the capital build their confidence and develop skills both on and off the court.
Mike Bain, Director of Community Tennis at the Tennis Foundation said:

“It’s great to see so many young people from SERVES sites here today, for us it’s all about breaking down the perceptions of tennis and showing that anyone can play the game, anywhere and it can be so inclusive. We want everyone to have the chance to enjoy the positive benefits that tennis can bring and today is a great example of that in practice.”

Zoë Mellis Head of Sports at London Youth added:

“It is more important than ever that young people have access to services that can support them to gain the confidence resilience and networks that will help them succeed in life. Participating in sports can help young people develop these skills and build these networks. We are delighted to be working with the Tennis Foundation to ensure that even more young Londoners have the opportunity to benefit from the positives impact of tennis”

Theo from London Youth member club, Westminster House Youth Club added:

“I really enjoy playing tennis as it lets me express myself and have a good time with my friends.”

Children at London Youth and Tennis Foundation Serves festival