TCF Serves up an ace!

The Change Foundation is delighted to be a key strategic and design partner in the Tennis Foundation’s new social impact programme called the ‘SERVES Learning Programme’. This month TCF delivered training for 21 Serves Tennis Activators on how to use tennis to deliver key social impact messages of health and well-being and developing self-confidence.

During the training at the National Tennis Centre, we received a visit from HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Lawn Tennis Association Patron. We were also able to meet former British pro tennis player Tim Henman. An exciting opportunity for the whole group!

The SERVES Learning Programme is the Tennis Foundation’s new and innovative programme that is designed to use the power of tennis to positively impact the lives of young people facing disadvantage. The SERVES Learning Programme is made up of community ‘SERVES’ sites all over the UK that integrate tennis and youth work to tackle social issues affecting the community. The SERVES Learning Programme aims to develop the following key social impact outcomes in young people; health, self-confidence, employability and community cohesion.

The programme empowers young people to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage a healthy lifestyle, build their self-confidence, develop employability skills and enable young people from different backgrounds to develop better relationships through shared values and tennis. Key messages are delivered through informal learning using tennis as a proven tool for engaging, inspiring and teaching young people. The SERVES Learning Programme targets young people facing disadvantage with limited accessibility to tennis. The programme works with young people of three age categories; primary, secondary and 17+. The programme is tailored to the needs of the group in terms of equipment, coaching style and learning resources.

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