Monkseaton High School in capital tennis tournament

Monkseaton High School tennis players with Graeme Le Saux.
Monkseaton High School tennis players with Graeme Le Saux.
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Monkseaton High School represented Newcastle United Foundation at Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) tennis tournament in London recently.

The Year 9 pupils, who attend the PL4S satellite club every week, were only one of six Premier League clubs to be invited to the British Tennis event in the shadow of London’s Elizabeth Tower - home to Big Ben.

Monkseaton High School tennis players with Judy Murray.

Monkseaton High School tennis players with Judy Murray.

The Magpies were playing alongside Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke, Wigan and Aston Villa for the afternoon tournament, battling it out to be the Premier League 4 Sport’s top tennis team.

Joanne McCallum, PE teacher from Monkseaton High School, said: “This is the second year Monkseaton High School has been involved in the Premier League 4 Sport tennis programme linked to Newcastle United.

“A number of our students have gained Tennis Leadership Awards and around 15 girls regularly take part in cardio tennis after school.”

Ex- Chelsea and England legend, Graeme Le Saux and Judy Murray, mother of tennis ace, Andy Murray were in attendance to discuss the importance of supporting the sporting development of young people.

Assistant headteacher at Monkseaton High School, Kerry Davison, said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were at times in awe of their surroundings.

“It has been great being part of the Premier League 4 Sport programme and it was even better to have been one of the lucky few school to be have been able to play at the Westminster event.”

Amy Davison, part of the Monkseaton team, said: “It was a great opportunity to represent Newcastle United Foundation in a tennis tournament at Westminster and was a dream come true to play tennis alongside Judy Murray.”