You will need
- Device to play music
- Something to mark lines (for example, chalk, masking tape, or rope)
Before you begin
- Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples, can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
- Check out our other activities supported by the LTA, which you could consider combining to create a 45 minute game-based session.
- The person leading the activity should put out enough markers on the floor for each participant to have a spot.
- Have music prepared and ready play during the game.
- Everyone should be on a marker on the floor.
- The person leading the activity should ask participants what they already know about tennis. What are the rules? How do you score? What are the different kinds of shots you can make?
- The person leading the activity should demonstrate the ‘tennis ready position’. This is when you are stood with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and arms out in front of you, as if you are holding a tennis racket.
- Everyone should choose a tennis shot to act out on their marker. For example, they could pretend to hit the ball over the net with a serve, forehand, backhand or volley.
- When the person leading the activity starts the music, everyone should act out their chosen shot.
- When the music is paused, everyone should hold the ‘tennis ready position’.
- Play this through a few times for everyone to act out different tennis actions.
This activity gave everyone a chance to be active while learning some skills and techniques to improve their tennis knowledge. How difficult was it to think of the different poses for the sports? Why is it important to play sport and to be physically active? People could talk about the physical benefits, such as increased fitness, strength and flexibility; the mental benefits, such as better mood, decision making and confidence; or the social benefits, such as better leadership skills, teamwork, and knowing how to win and lose. How can people make sure they have plenty of fun movement in their days? You could talk about playing active games, walking to places where possible, and choosing a mixture of hobbies, including active ones.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.