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Caunton Tennis Club coach puts out sports skills video for children learning from home




A tennis coach is hoping to inspire the next generation of players with his new PE lessons.

James Harding, head coach at Caunton Tennis Club, has created a weekly series of lessons to help mix-up PE sessions amid the on-going lockdown.

The lessons, which have been approved by the School Games Organisers, can be applied to both students in and out of school.

Head Coach and Caunton Tennis Club, James Harding who has launched his own on-line tennis based PE lessons, to be used by schools in Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. (44499031)
Head Coach and Caunton Tennis Club, James Harding who has launched his own on-line tennis based PE lessons, to be used by schools in Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. (44499031)

“We have sent it to school and then it is going out to parents at home,” said Harding.

“The aim is to switch up the PE lessons from your standard sort of Joe Wicks exercises.

“Each week it will be a new 30 minute video, and it is being put out through the School Games Organisers.

Head Coach and Caunton Tennis Club, James Harding who has launched his own on-line tennis based PE lessons, to be used by schools in Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. (44499026)
Head Coach and Caunton Tennis Club, James Harding who has launched his own on-line tennis based PE lessons, to be used by schools in Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. (44499026)

“The focus in on tennis, but there are lots of aspects to it.

“The warm-up involves catching skills, rolling skills and improving your foot work and then we move into using a racquet. If you don’t have one, a book or a frying pan would work. You can use anything really.

“A big part of it is getting people to play tennis because a lot of younger children haven’t actually played before, so it could be a new experience.

“My girls (aged nine and six) are learning from home and, for PE, it is along the lines of a Joe Wicks workout or a bike ride.

Head Coach and Caunton Tennis Club, James Harding who has launched his own on-line tennis based PE lessons, to be used by schools in Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. (44499033)
Head Coach and Caunton Tennis Club, James Harding who has launched his own on-line tennis based PE lessons, to be used by schools in Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. (44499033)

“This is completely different to your bog standard stuff.”

The School Games Organisers published the first video to 45 primary schools across Newark and Sherwood last Friday, while a further 15 from Bassetlaw were also invited to join.

“We wanted to get the first one in before half-term to get started,” said Harding.

“We are hoping people will also follow it up and enjoy it enough to have a go at tennis.

“It is still early days but we are hoping the interest in the sport will build.”



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