School reaches regional finals

Back row (from left) Sophie Vickers, Kirsty Rae, Molly Norris and Libbie Smith. Front row (from left) Jamie Brabiner, Simeran Kandola, Daniel Patton and Alex Davison

Back row (from left) Sophie Vickers, Kirsty Rae, Molly Norris and Libbie Smith. Front row (from left) Jamie Brabiner, Simeran Kandola, Daniel Patton and Alex Davison

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A TALENTED young tennis team have their eye on the prize after making it through to regional finals.

The youngsters from West Park Primary School, in Hartlepool, only had three practice sessions in school but that didn’t stop them from marching on through the rounds of an annual school competition.

After winning their town cluster event, the town-wide event and then the county contest, the team of Year Three children are now preparing for the North-East finals of the Tony Blair Tennis Challenge next month.

Dawn Dixon, a teaching assistant at the school, in Coniscliffe Road, Hartlepool, is delighted at the progress of the sports-mad children.

Mrs Dixon, a keen tennis player herself, said: “The team have been absolutely brilliant.

“We have just taken each competition at a time but they just keep getting better and better, they have done the school proud.”

Children at the school were treated to three practice sessions led by a coach from Eldon Grove Tennis Club as part of a town-wide project.

Four boys and four girls were then chosen to represent the school in the first round of the competition, held at High Tunstall College of Science back in March.

“The kids are absolutely delighted to have done as well as they have done,” added Mrs Dixon.

“They are playing with a smile on their face and all looking forward to the next competition. Who knows, maybe we have the next Andy Murray or Maria Sharapova on our hands.”

The North-East finals of the Tony Blair Tennis Challenge will take place in Sunderland on Friday, July 8.