Date: 08/05/2008 Category: Leisure
There was no threat of rain stopping play as more than 100 Medway primary school children gathered for a mass tennis tournament. Glorious sunshine blessed the latest event of the Mini Youth Games series, which saw 130 children from 16 schools take to the tennis courts at Rainham School for Girls. Watched by the Cllr Val Goulden in her last official engagement as Mayor of Medway, the youngsters played eight games of mixed doubles, boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles against other schools. After a friendly but hard-fought competition, the team from Featherby Junior School in Chilham Road, Gillingham, were crowned champions. Walderslade Primary School, in Dargets Road, Walderslade finished in second place, also taking the prize for the highest-placed small school. Miers Court Primary School, in Silverspot Close, Rainham, came third while the fair play award, which recognises teamwork and good sportsmanship, went to Warren Wood Community Primary School, in Aresthusa Road, Rochester. They received the biggest prize of the day – some new tennis equipment. Mini tennis is traditional tennis modified for younger players. It is played on a shorter court using mini orange tennis balls and aims to develop all of the skills and tactics of the full game. Medway’s tennis development officer Margaret Wood and members of Frindsbury Tennis Club were at the event, spotting youngsters who showed good promise and providing information to everyone about taking up the sport. The Mini Youth Games forms part of the Medway Games programme. The tennis event on Wednesday, 7 May was organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team with the help of volunteers from Medway Council’s Sports Leadership Programme and staff and pupils from Rainham School for Girls. The next event in the Mini Youth Games calendar is the Kwik Cricket Festival on Wednesday, 12 June at Lordswood Cricket Club.