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Tennis Education Event back for 3rd Year

Tennis Education Event back for 3rd Year

The Tony Blair Sports Foundation Tennis Education Event (TEE) is back for a third year with record numbers of schools signing up to take part.

This great event was developed and set up by TBSF and Boldon Tennis Club Coach Stephanie Eadon to encourage more girls to get involved in tennis. The event has not only encouraged hundreds of teenage girls to pick up a racquet for the first time but has also allowed them to find out about career options available to them in sport.

Following the success of last year’s event and feedback from schools, Stephanie has made some great changes and this year, following numerous requests, a boys TEE will take place too - giving everyone the opportunity to learn what sport has to offer.

The Tony Blair Sports Foundation (TBSF) is the official partner of the event and is looking to enhance the student's initial experience during the TEE by providing a leadership support programme for students who would like to continue to volunteer after the event either in schools or with a community club.The TBSF is a perfect partner for an event like the TEE as it has so much to offer the students who will be attending the event. The TBSF is well known in the region for its commitment not only for encouraging children and young people to get involved in playing sport by qualifying more coaches and officials, but for encouraging a huge number of people to volunteer in sport, without who some clubs and sports session would not be able to continue.

Jeanette Pickard Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation said:

"We are delighted to be part of the TEE and to be working with Stephanie. Stephanie is what our foundation is all about; she approached us when she was only 16 and wanted to take a Level 1 tennis coaching course. Since then we have supported her all the way and watched her develop her career. We are delighted that only this week Stephanie qualified as a Level 4 tennis coach which is a great achievement. Our hope is we can help support many more young people like Stephanie to have a future in sport through the TEE."

 Stephanie Eadon TEE Development Officer added:

"With the TEE growing year on year the time is right to make sure we have the right people and organisations involved to give more opportunities to the schools, teachers and pupils attending the event. The TBSF helped me not only with funding for my Tennis Level 1 but also offered me vital advice and support during the early years of my career. Having them as the events main sponsor will allow us to offer so much more to the next generation of volunteers, coaches, umpires and players than I could have ever imagined."

For more information please contact Stephanie Eadon Tennis Education Event Development Officer email: or call (M) 079049 73212 (O) 0191 4157340