“I fear no one, but respect everyone.”
- Roger Federer
Tennis at King's Hall
Tennis is played at King's Hall in PE lessons during the Summer Term, from Year 3 to Year 8, on six astroturf pitches and 4 hard courts – enclosed in the former walled garden. Children can use these courts in their break times and in games sessions too.
Regular fixtures are played by our girls' Under 13 and Under 12 pairs against other prep schools, along with entry into the AEGON Under 13 Team Tennis competition by both boys and girls – where we have enjoyed much success and hotly contested matches over the past few years. Girls' Under 10 and Under 11 pairs are also encouraged to play matches against local schools once they are capable.
For the younger pupils from Year 1 to Year 4, short tennis coaching is available all year round by keen and well qualified coaches, either in our sports hall or on the outdoor courts during the Summer Term. And for those more enthusiastic about the sport, Blackbrook Tennis Centre in Taunton provides additional specialist coaching.
Tennis is a developing sport at King's Hall. We offer lunch time sessions from Pre-Prep right through to Year 8, and then onto King's College. During the winter months we train outdoors when possible, but if this is not possible, we can adapt the sessions for our Sports Hall. In the Summer Term, we are looking to increase the number of fixtures that we play, without compromising the cricket season.
Tennis is a popular sport in the Summer Term, with opportunities to develop skills throughout the year. We have a newly appointed Head of Tennis at King's College, Ben Thomas, and two specialist coaches, Derek Blackmore and Kerry Quirk.
Between them, they have kindly offered to run specialist coaching sessions with our pupils on a weekly basis. They are currently offering the following sessions:
Mondays (6.30pm - 8.30pm at King's College)
This is a high performance tennis session focusing on technique, fitness and tactics. This will be led by Derek every Monday and will involve an hour of small group lessons. Pupils will be allocated into groups as per playing standard. These sessions are not compulsory and will incur a termly charge of £110 per pupil. If you are interested, please email: BCThomas@kings-taunton.co.uk.
Wednesdays (12.30pm - 1.15pm)
Red ball tennis for Pre-Prep. Sessions are aimed at our younger pupils and are designed to help develop their general motor skills. These sessions are booked through our Head of Pre-Prep, Claire Luckhurst: CLuckhurst@kingshalltaunton.co.uk.
Thursdays (5.00pm - 6.00pm at King's College)
Small group sessions taking place at the King's College Tennis Hub. Contact BCThomas@kings-taunton.co.uk to book your place.