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A DAY IN THE CAPITAL FOR PL4SPORT TENNIS PARTICIPANTS

18 June 2015

PL4Sport participants give Graeme Le Saux and Judy Murray a run for their money in London.

It was a fantastic day had by all in the shadow of Elizabeth Tower thanks to Premier League 4 Sport, British Tennis and the Tennis Foundation as a team of 12 pupils from Fred Longworth High School took part in afternoon sessions alongside former England footballer Graeme Le Saux and leading figure in British tennis Judy Murray!

Taking place in New Palace Yard, Houses of Parliament, our team of seven boys and five girls took part in a number of activities, including: short doubles matches, rally challenges and speed tests.

The Fred Longworth pupils also got to see the sights of London before and after the session.

[Click here] to see some fantastic photos taken by Premier League 4 Sport Co-ordinator Zac Taylor on the Latics Community Instagram account.

Speaking about the day, Zac said:

“It was a truly great day in London with the young people representing us being given the once in a life time opportunity of playing tennis inside the Houses of Parliament on New Palace Yard, not only this but they got to meet and play tennis with a few famous faces.

“For many of them it was their first trip to London and an actioned packed one at that, as well as the tennis they got to visit Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, they certainly won’t forget it in a hurry.”

Closer to home, Wigan Athletic Community Trust run two satellite tennis sessions, with 230 young people getting involved since September.  The session are listed below:

Wednesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm at Fred Longworth High School

Thursdays 6.00pm-7.00pm at Wigan Youth Zone

For more information on the Community Trust's involvement with PL4Sport by emailing z.taylor@wiganathleticct.com or by calling 01942488530.

PREMIER LEAGUE 4 SPORT

The Premier League 4 Sport scheme, which involves the Community Trust supporting eight sports; athletics, badminton, basketball, hockey, netball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball – gave 1,480 young people in Wigan the chance to play more sport last year, with 32% of them girls, delivery a total of 1,158 hours of coaching in the process.

53% of the young people involved took part in over five sessions, with 35% of participants taking part in over 10 sessions.

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