The Year 9 and 10 girls’ tennis team from Manor CE Academy served and volleyed their way to the national finals of the LTA Youth Schools competition in December 2022.
More than 2,200 schools entered the national competition, which saw the Manor team progressing successfully through a qualifying round, the Yorkshire knockouts and the regional finals for the North of England and Scotland, ultimately qualifying as one of the four national finalists.
The finals took place over two days in December 2022, at Bolton Arena. Unfortunately, despite playing some fantastic tennis, Manor’s opponents, Queenswood, Repton and Prior Park, all proved too strong, and the Manor team finished in a very commendable fourth place.
PE teacher at Manor CE Academy, Pat Tasker said “The girls can be very proud to have reached the final. They played some amazing tennis winning most of their qualifying matches in style! With more than 2,200 schools starting in the competition, it was a fantastic achievement to finish last year as the top state school team in the UK.
“Having said that, the girls were probably more excited at the fact that they got a good luck video message from famous tennis coach, Judy Murray wishing them luck for the finals!
The team would like to thank York Auction Centre who sponsored their competition kit.