Murray fever sweeps across Eastbourne

The winners from Cavendish School
The winners from Cavendish School

Hot on the heels of Andy Murray’s glorious victory at Wimbledon, a team from Cavendish School won the inaugural Tennis in the Park Challenge Cup.

The event was held in Gildredge Park and involved children in Year 10 from local secondary schools in Eastbourne and Seaford.

Francis Mackie, director of tennis at Tennis in the Park, said, “We wanted to create an event for older children and it was an amazing success with almost too many competitors for our community club to handle.

“The standard of tennis was very high with some great individual performances. Special thanks need to go to Shane Barrow, head of PE at Cavendish School, who has really been instrumental in setting up the event.”

It is planned to extend the competition next year and run it over a whole week during Wimbledon time, with each secondary school year group competing on a different day.

Upperton Ward councillor Tom Liddiard was on hand to present the Challenge Cup. He said, “It is lovely to see so many young people participating in competitive and active sport. Let us hope that Murray’s victory will inspire many more.”

Francis said, “While Tennis in the Park runs the largest mini tennis programme in Sussex, it is keen to offer more for older children and adults. The Inter-school Challenge Cup is just part of our strategy to extend participation. We are also trying to involve more adults through our Tennis Academy, a try tennis programme that offers lots of free coaching and court time for just £10. While tennis participation nationally has taken a bit of a hit, it is booming in Eastbourne. We are determined to build on the Wimbledon success and involve more and more people.”

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