Youngsters shine through in county tennis finals

The regional finals of the Tony Blair Challenge Cup as part of the Tony Blair sports Foundation being held at Churchill Tennis centre were schools from Northumberland competed to try and reach the County Finals.
The regional finals of the Tony Blair Challenge Cup as part of the Tony Blair sports Foundation being held at Churchill Tennis centre were schools from Northumberland competed to try and reach the County Finals.
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YOUNG tennis stars made a racket as they took part in a national sports initiative that visited a borough school.

Year 3 pupils from North Tyneside battled it out in the Northumberland County Final of the Tony Blair Tennis Challenge Cup.

The finals were held at Wallsend’s Churchill Community College last week, with the final two teams making it to the Grand Final at Sunderland Tennis Centre tomorrow (Friday).

They will be up against the other finalists from the Durham, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear finals.

Jeanette Pickard, chief executive of The Tony Blair Sports Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see so many Year 3 pupils from so many of our region’s schools taking part in the Tony Blair Tennis Challenge Cup for 2012.

“Seeing how much these young people enjoy themselves shows just how important it is for The Tony Blair Sports Foundation to continue to recruit, train and place more sports coaches and leaders in the community to make sure that children have more opportunities to take part in sport.

“I am also pleased that so many of The Foundation’s members will be volunteering at this year’s Tennis Challenge Cup.

“After qualifying as Tennis Competition Organisers they are now putting their skills into practice to the benefit of the young competitors and that’s great to see.”