World record tennis attempt from North West SchoolsFriday 19 June 2015
In the run up to the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament, more than 800 children attempted to enter the Guinness Book of Records by taking part in what could be the world’s biggest tennis coaching lesson.
Last year in Liverpool, 683 children took part in a tennis coaching lesson and held the record for a matter of days before Judy Murray took the record back with a lesson for 770 children.
This year, more than 20 schools from across Liverpool, Wirral, Bolton, Chester, Bolton and Manchester all took part in the event at Liverpool Cricket Club, totalling 805 participants in all. Organisers are now awaiting official verification that they have broken the record.
Groups were led by 30 tennis coaches from tennis clubs across Liverpool, supported by junior sports leaders from Calderstones School.
Anders Borg, Tournament Director, said: “One of the aims of the tournament is to build on grass root tennis and encourage more young boys and girls to get involved and try out the game.”
“The partnership work undertaken across the region has been magnificent and we are keeping our fingers crossed this will be a contributory factor for us to win back the world record. Judy Murray and her team have done extremely well in promoting tennis to children across Britain – however, we want our record back!”
Dr Simon Marwood, Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Liverpool Hope University, explained why tennis can be beneficial for both children and adults, saying:
“Research has shown that tennis is one of the most fun sports for children and adults to play. One study showed that perceived exertion was lower when people played tennis than when they did the same exercise minus the tennis. Tennis can seem less demanding for children when actually it is having a great impact on aerobic fitness.
"Tennis is an ideal sport for children - the intense stop and start element makes it similar to interval training, which research has shown has the same impact on aerobic fitness in less time than longer, more steady exercise. Improvements in aerobic fitness are key in protecting against obesity-related disease as children get older.
“Aerobic fitness aside, tennis is an excellent way for children to train hand-eye co-ordination that can be transferred into other sports.”
Liverpool Hope University is the title sponsor of the Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament which takes place 18th-21st June 2015.