A FORRES school has been selected as one of six to join a national tennis programme.
The pilot year of the School of Tennis project has proven to be such a success that it has been expanded to the additional schools, which include Forres Academy.
The aim of the School of Tennis is to revolutionise the way the sport is delivered by getting more pupils playing the game.
Around 30 schools applied for the chance to be included in the programme with Forres Academy, Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh, Dunblane High School, Hyndland Secondary School in Glasgow, Musselburgh Grammar School and St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk all being successful.
Each school will be tasked to develop its own action plan which will detail how it plans to change the way tennis is delivered for its pupils.
Ann Rossiter, chairwoman of Moray Tennis Forum and lead for the project at Forres Academy said: “We are looking forward to developing our school and community links for the benefit of our students, staff and also for the development of the sport in Forres through the delivery of the game in the curriculum.
“It will also support our local club and the Moray area, cementing strong partnerships that will be sustainable for the distant future.
“It is a great initiative which allows schools and clubs to support each other in the development of the game from grass roots to competitive play.”
The programme will focus on four key themes including teaching and learning, student leadership, facilities and equipment and community links.
Carol Stuart, head teacher at Forres Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to be part of the School of Tennis programme.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to support our young people and this will provide new and exciting opportunities for them to participate in the many varieties of tennis available.
“This will also support our plans to broaden and strengthen tennis participation in our school by making it more relevant and engaging for our young people.”