Sportivate is a project aimed at people who are not particularly sporty but would like to play more sport. The programme offers six-to-eight weeks’ worth of coaching sessions in a variety of sports. The sessions across Bucks and MK have been hugely popular, but we want to know exactly what the young people who take part think about the sessions. We caught up with students at The Beaconsfield School to hear first hand their thoughts on Sportivate.
First up was Harley Clarke, a year 8 student, he told us:
‘I attend the tennis club every Tuesday after school, I really like the coach because he teaches you lots of new skills and helps you if you are not quite sure of what to do. He is also someone you wouldn’t be afraid to talk to.
It is a good idea to have this tennis club after school so that you can socialise with other students and keep active rather than playing on the xbox in your house. It is also a great idea to help you progress with your tennis skills. But one of the best things that this club has given is to make new friends. If you don’t live near a tennis club or courts this club gives you the opportunity to play tennis and this is something which has been good for me.
Every week we do something different, such as; serving, drop shots, volleys, slice shots, backhand and forehand shots. We also play lots of exciting games. This club has been such a great experience for me because I hardly ever play tennis, I have improved massively and it has helped me in my PE lessons as well. I would recommend this club and I have done to my friends who don’t play tennis.’
Another year 8 student we spoke to explained:
‘I really enjoy the sessions, I like playing with different students, learning new skills and then putting them in to games. It is a great feeling when you have learnt a shot and then win a point in a game using the new skill I have just learnt. Sometimes I win games and other times I lose but I don’t mind as I just enjoy playing tennis.
I enjoy tennis so much because of the club I now practice at break and lunch times. I think the tennis club is really good because you can meet new friends and you can learn how to play tennis and you keep healthy. I think the coach is really good as he explains the technique really well and is very patient with us.’
Steve Wright, from International Tennis Coaching Ltd who leads the sessions wrapped things up by telling us what he thinks about Sportivate,
‘I have found the Sportivate initiative both exciting and beneficial for the pupils taking part. It gave pupils the opportunity to play tennis in a relaxed environment with their peers. I’m really pleased with the progress of all the students and now that they have been introduced to the sport of tennis, I feel they are more likely to want to continue with it for the rest of their lives.’
Sportivate sessions are taking place across the county, find an opportunity to get active using our activity search.
Do you know young people who would benefit from the Sportivate programme? Then find out more about the programme here.