Here at SchoolYard Sports, we want every child out there to be running, jumping, kicking, and catching, ready to play any sport.
Our objective is to allow children the opportunity to participate in physical activity, starting in the ‘school yard’, and progressing on from there. We try to teach the co-ordination skills needed not only for sport but also for all aspects of life.
- Youth Development Co-ordinators
- Up Skilling & Facilitating Instructors
- Excelling Youth Support
The concept behind Schoolyard Sports began over 7 years ago. Our founders, both tennis coaches by trade, had recently taken over a local tennis club. As a warm up exercise for one of the mini sessions, the coaches got the students to simply throw and catch the ball over the net. However it could not be done. The throws would either go askew or in the net, and the catching was well, non-existent. This got the coaches thinking, where had these children’s coordination development gone so badly wrong?
If we go back a few more years, our founders were semi-pro tennis players, training in Barcelona. Here, they developed the traits and understanding of how coordination and cognitive development in youth and elite players, impacted performance and abilities.
If we now return to 2017, where the local tennis club started to approach schools to run, after and before school, tennis lessons. These lessons were designed to improve the pupils’ core skills, but also as an incentive to get more kids up to the tennis club. The classes were a success, however, when the local club contacted schools outside of their town, they were instantly shut down. Even if the schools local club was not currently running tennis sessions there, they felt it was stepping on the toes of their community. To combat this problem, Schoolyard Tennis was born., an independent company that ran high quality tennis sessions to primary school children, with connections to a local tennis club.
As the sessions increased, schools began to pull their children off site, to have full tennis sessions at the local club, on actual tennis courts. One of these schools, impressed with the methodology of Schoolyard Tennis, enquired in to if what they were teaching for tennis could be used to cover an extensive amount of sports, which it could. The school then offered Schoolyard Tennis to run their PE curriculum, and Schoolyard Sports was born