An independent all-girls boarding school in Berkshire over the last six years has developed its tennis coaching programme from a run-of-the-mill private school regime to one of the most enviable in the country, boasting a roster consisting of a host of ex- and current professionals, most notably former British Number Two Josh Goodall. We spoke to Tim Allen, the Head of Tennis at the school, about why Downe House is becoming a role-model for schools across the country.
Downe House is an all girls independent boarding School in Berkshire for girls from 11 to 18 years old. Tennis has always been played by the students, but only in the last five or six years have we really started to push tennis to the next level. Without losing our original ethos of having the sport available for all, we adapted to more elite, performance based tennis. In summer, tennis is compulsory, with all girls developing the ability to play a match, and inter-house competitions. However, a further 70% opt in to extra lessons. We currently have over 350 girls having lessons each week, with 7 full time coaches and team of pros to cover all the bases of levels and ability. Girls are able to have lessons throughout the day with coaching hours between 9am and 6pm on weekdays.
Head of Tennis
Downe House School, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9JJ
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