Tennis is a very popular sport at St Mary's. The school competes in the Aegon School Championships and regularly qualifies for the Regional Finals.
St Mary’s Calne Tennis Academy (SMCTA) provides professional coaching to all students who request lessons, no matter what their ability. The lessons are scheduled around academic subjects and all coaches try to complete 35 weeks of lessons throughout the academic year. There are currently 178 pupils (over 50% of the school population) participating in weekly individual lessons. There are many other opportunities to participate within tennis, such as gaining qualifications, such as Tennis Leaders, volunteering as Tennis Assistants and taking part in social, weekly club night events.
Since starting to run Tennis Leader qualifications, we have had pupils continue on the coaching pathway, obtaining their Level 2 qualifications, enabling them to become Tennis Assistants at university.
The coaches will structure lessons to suit every pupil's needs depending on their ability, experience and desire to compete. All players who participate in tennis coaching will be signed up to British Tennis and will receive all the benefits which come with being a member. These include being able to opt In for the Wimbledon Ballot and receiving a Lawn Tennis Association rating.
Recreational Players with little interest in competing can enjoy lessons on a weekly basis. Development Players are pupils who express an interest in competing for the school or have been selected to represent their year group in school fixtures. Those students who are selected or close to being selected for the ‘A’ team and have an LTA rating are Performance Players. Elite Players are those pupils who represent their county, region or train at a national level.
SMCTA can provide tailored coaching and tournament programmes working alongside any coaches or clubs that the pupil currently trains at.
If you are a current parent and would like to book your daughter onto our coaching programme please return a completed Submission Form.