MURRAY MANIA GETS YOUNGSTERS ON THE COURT

3 Jul 2009

Murray Mania has swept the nation and pupils at Pontyclun Primary School are getting in on the action with their very own Wimbledon.

Through the Sports Council for Wales’ Dragon Sport programme – Wales’ drive to get primary school children playing extra-curricular sport – pupils from the school have been getting up and active and using their lunch hours to perfect their serves.

After weeks of heats and build up, the primary school’s Welsh Wimbledon came to head earlier this week (Wednesday 1st July) in front of a packed audience of pupils, parents and teachers – who also, of course, enjoyed the delights of strawberries and cream!Jake May

Eleven-year-olds Jack Smyth and Jake May donned their whites and proved victorious in a nail-biting doubles final against fellow pupils Alexander Appleton and Georgia Davies, to be named the number one seeds.

The champions got off to a shaky start after losing their first service game and falling behind by 2-0 but fought their way back with a match-winning ace to win 7-5 and the trophy.

Volleying and serving has been top of the agenda since the beginning of the summer term, as pupils from years three to six have given up their lunch breaks to battle it out in the knockout Jack Smyth and Jake May celebrating their wincompetition , but tennis isn’t the only sport that’s keeping them busy.

Through the Sports Council for Wales’ Dragon Sport programme 7-11 year-olds at the school have also been trying their hand at the other seven sports on offer – football, rugby, golf, netball, hockey, athletics and cricket and have recently been awarded at this year’s Active School Sports Awards.

Scooping the award for Dragon Sport Contribution to Extra-Curricular Activities in Aberdare on the 24th June, the school’s efforts to get youngsters off the sidelines was recognised. They’ve also offered skiing, horse-riding and squash to their pupils.

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Philip Carling, said:

"As Wimbledon draws to a close, we hope boys and girls across Wales will be inspired and take up the many opportunities on offer to take to the court. Dragon Sport is exceeding all expectations and I’m pleased that so many schools and clubs are providing fun and safe sports sessions for primary school children."