Message from British Schools Tennis Association
The British Schools Tennis Association (BSTA) is dedicated to thedevelopment of tennis in schools, and as such is delighted to be involvedin a project aimed at supporting the work of teachers in preparingstudents for public examinations in physical education.The aim of this module is to present a resource which will provideguidelines and ideas to be applied within individual teaching styles, and tofulfil the demands of the examination syllabus the school has chosen tofollow.By its very nature the module can only provide the broadest guidelines,but, where relevant, reference is made to more extensive materials.It is important to note that the approach to teaching tennis adopted by theauthor is contextual, i.e. with the game as the focal point. The emphasis isplaced on understanding - of applying techniques and skills within thegame and not acquiring them as ends in themselves.In addition to the practical aspects of the game there is also a theoreticalcomponent which provides a brief background to the sport and appliesthe different aspects of sport studies within the context of tennis.N.B. Throughout this text - where the term HE is used it is taken to meanthe player, regardless of gender.
Introduction to the module
Students will:–Be able to apply the techniques and skills relevant to their level ofperformance within the context of the game.–Show an understanding of, and ability to play and officiate within therules of tennis.–Be aware of the structure and function of the sport nationally andinternationally.–Understand and apply the theoretical knowledge which underpins thegame.
Teachers should:–Create a learning environment to assist the students to
tennis by adopting a games based approach.–Introduce the techniques and skills as they are
to improvegame performance.–Create an atmosphere which is enjoyable, stimulating andchallenging.The philosophy to this module is CO-OPERATION.Remember in the initial stages of learning -
CONTROL + FRIENDSHIP (CO-OPERATION) = SUCCESS.