Four students from Pingle School were yesterday given the opportunity to grace the same courts as Andy Murray as they took part in the annual Premier League 4 Sport National Tennis Competition, set up by Derby County Community Trust (DCCT).
The trust and the school have worked together on numerous projects outside of football and Deb Holland, Pingle assistant head, says that the event at the All England Club will work wonders for the school’s reputation.
“We do a lot in the community with Derby County and for us as a school it is about providing opportunities for our students and parents” said Holland.
“Travelling to Wimbledon isn’t something you would normally see a school do so it definitely enhances our reputation.”
Molly Boultbee, 14, Adam Palmer, 14, Karagh Tait, 15 and Jamie Bourne, 14, were the four lucky students selected through a tennis tournament run by the school in order to determine the best players.
On the day they took on schools who were representing clubs from around the country and even got the chance to take some coaching trips from Great Britains Marcus Willis, fresh from his first round match against Roger Federer.
Lauren Asquith from DCCT said that the opportunities given to the students could inspire the next sporting generation.
“They are having a competition at the National Tennis Centre and there will have been a point where Andy Murray will have played on these courts.”
“It’s a great opportunity, the fact that they are in this environment at Wimbledon, which is on TV, just means there is a buzz around the place.”
“It is definitely an inspirational destination, Wimbledon is the pinnacle of Tennis both nationally and internationally and I think that if tennis is their sport then they can progress on. Being in that environment will push them further.”
The programme is run by Premier League 4 Sport, which consists of 20 Premier League and Football League clubs and looks to get young people involved with sport within the community.