Annual Hounslow Tennis Festival – Turnout
Game, Set and Match: the biggest UK school tennis festival hits Dukes Meadows
Another year, another hugely successful tennis festival at Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. On Wednesday 19th June 480 primary school children descended on Dukes Meadows to take part in what is thought to be the biggest annual school tennis festival in England. The event, organised by Sport Impact – the school sport partnership for Hounslow based out of Isleworth and Syon School – saw a total of 960 inter-school tennis matches played. The eventual and exceptional winning school, Marlborough Primary in Isleworth, will now represent Hounslow at the London Youth Games in July. Special guest Tony Louki, the Mayor of Hounslow, was on hand to present the trophy and offered some encouraging words to all of the participants about the importance of being physically active as well as winning with humility and losing graciously.
Officiating and scoring at the event were completed by 80 sports leaders from Isleworth and Syon as well as Cranford and Heston secondary schools. The festival organiser, Pete Lammas, overseeing his 7th festival, highlighted how over the years 7,000 primary school pupils had now experienced the buzz of the tennis festival and, indeed, over 350 sports leaders had been trained to work in their local communities; such facts override the common stereotype of children and young people in 21st century London. Pete, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service to education, received a deserving ovation from pupils for his services to school sport in Hounslow over the years.
“Absolutely chuffed, thanks for your generosity and Sportimpactuk’s organisation. Total coincidence that Marlborough topped it; a school with which I maintain affection since chairing the governing body far too many moons ago”.- Mayor of Hounslow