Churchdown rally and scoop a victory double
CHURCHDOWN Village infants and juniors have celebrated victory in the School Games' mini red tennis finals.
The infant school's B team beat their A team counterparts 2-1 to lift the Years 1 and 2 prize at Oxstalls Tennis Centre.
And the junior school's A team beat Naunton Park 3-0 to take the victory in the Years 3 and 4 contest.
The Year 1 and 2 competition involved seven schools from four districts.
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And the semi-finals saw both Churchdown Village Infants School teams through to the finals after defeating Oak Hill and Benhall infants schools.
The final was the closest yet for this year group and Team B won through after an excellent mixed doubles match.
Year 1 and 2 placings: 1 Churchdown Village Infants Team B (Gloucester), 2 Churchdown Village Infants Team A (Gloucester), 3 Oak Hill Primary (Tewkesbury) , 4 Benhall Infants (Cheltenham), 5 Naunton Park Primary (Cheltenham), 6 Oak Hill Primary team B (Tewkesbury), 7 Bisley Blue Coat Primary (Stroud),
The school team competition for Years 3 and 4 saw a greater range of schools from Gloucestershire competing for the trophy – the first time every district of Gloucestershire has been represented.
There were some fantastic rallies, particularly in the later stages of the competition.
The semi-finals saw a repeat of the Cheltenham and Gloucester district finals with Cheltenham College Junior School again losing narrowly to Naunton Park primary 2-1.
Churchdown Village Junior School A team defeated their B team to go through to the final.
The final between Churchdown Village Juniors and Naunton Park was a tightly fought contest but Churchdown Village Juniors won 3-0 to lift the county trophy.
They were helped on their way by teacher Emma Aldred-Tow, a national wheelchair tennis doubles champion.
Year 3 and 4 placings: 1 Churchdown Village Juniors Team A (Gloucester), 2 Naunton Park Primary (Cheltenham), 3 Cheltenham College Junior School ( Cheltenham), 4 Churchdown Village Juniors Team A (Gloucester), 5 Highnam Primary (Forest), 6 Oak Hill Primary (Tewkesbury), 7 St. Andrew C of E Primary (Cotswold), 8 Staunton & Corse (Forest), 9 Chalford Hill Primary (Stroud), 10 Gretton Primary (Tewkesbury)
Helen Stevens, tennis development officer for Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust, said: "There has been fantastic level of support for tennis within the county this year with 51 schools with over 100 teams and more than 400 children competing at their local tennis festival.
"This is all thanks to the local coaches encouraging schools and their teachers to put forward teams for their local events. It's a wonderful achievement by all"
The School Games also introduced Wheelchair Tennis as a demonstration sport to two youngsters who had never picked up a tennis racket.
Archie from Hope Brook in the Forest and Luke from Robinswood Primary in Gloucester thoroughly enjoyed their experience with Oxstalls Tennis coach, and Olympic torchbearer, Terry Parker.