Tennis Development Festival Yr 5/6

Location

All England Club Community Sports Ground (AELTC)

Grand Drive Raynes Park SW20 9NB

Competition date

22nd Apr 2024 @ 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: Year 5/6  
  • Squad Size:
  • Min 4 players (2 boys 2 girls)
  • Max 6 players (3 boys 3 girls) 
  • Mixed gender event

Resources

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Clusters

Borough Development Competition

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals

Booking

  • This is a Development Festival event.
  • Schools may choose EITHER a Borough Championships OR a Development Competition per each sport, on the initial booking date of:
  • Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm
  • They can then book onto the other event, should they wish to for another set of children, on the open booking date, a week later on:
  • Monday 18th September 2023
  • If an event is full, schools will be placed on a waiting list and be notified of this.
  • MSSP will contact schools should places become available in the build-up to events.

Event Eligibility

  • This is a Development Festival event.
  • There is also a Tennis Borough Championships event being delivered this year.
  • Please consider the most appropriate event for your pupils to attend before registering as you may only be able to take part in one event if entrees exceed capacity.
  • Schools cannot select the same pupils for the Development Competition and the Borough Championships. In the instance that a Championship team player is also played in a Development Competition team, the team will not be able to progress to a medal winning position.
  • If this event exceeds the capacity for school entrees, priority will be given to schools who are not registered for the Borough Championships.
  • It is our aim to ensure all schools can access at least one of the events.

 Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Year 5/6  
  • Squad Size: Minimum: 4 players (2 boys 2 girls). Maximum: 6 (3 boys 3 girls) 
  • Mixed gender event.
  • Open to all primary schools in the Borough, however, due to there being a limited number of places available please book early.

Kit & Equipment

  • No jewellery, wrist bands/watches or hair adornments may be worn, earrings must be taped or removed.
  • Fingernails must be cut short and shoe laces securely tied.
  • Please bring appropriate Tennis rackets and Orange tennis practise balls.
  • Tennis Match balls will be provided.

Staffing and Spectators 

Spectators will not be permitted entry to private sports facilities. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.  All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school. DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school.

Sport Format

  • Half width of court.
  • Tennis matches.
  • Orange Ball competition rules.

Rules

  • Players should be seeded 1 and 2, with the higher ability player seeded 1.  
  • Once the team has commenced playing a rubber there may be no substitution even in the case of injury.  
  • However, a reserve can be fielded for subsequent matches in the place of an injured or ill player. Reserves must be a like-for-like gender swap and the higher ability player must take the player number 1 role.  
  • The serve is decided by a ‘toss’ at the start of the rubber. The nominated person serves for the first point; it then alternates every 2 points. When serving, players should stand behind the baseline – the ball must not be bounced before being hit.  
  • Players are allowed a second serve if the first is not successful.
  • Serves must be done diagonally and can be hit over or under-arm.
  • Matches can be the first to 10 points or played on a timed basis where all matches start and finish on the sound of a whistle.
  • Mini Tennis courts can be marked out on standard tennis courts. Played on half of a normal sized court (a 18m x 6.5m court). The net is at full height.
  • Simple numbered scoring is used i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 etc (instead of traditional tennis scoring (15, 30, 40 etc)
  • Games that finish level at the end of the game time will be determined by a deciding point.
  • Matches will finish either: 4-0, 3-1 or 2-2.

Competition Format 

  • Match format: 4 rubbers: Boy 1 v Boy 1 Singles, Boy 2 v Boy 2 Singles, Girl 1 v Girl 1 Singles, Girl 2 v Girl 2 Singles.  
  • Games: timed – 5 minutes.

Draw Format

  • Round Robin Box Leagues. Box League winners will be calculated by total rubbers won. 
  • In the event of a tie in Box league positions the following will decide the positions: Total points won (all matches), Points difference (i.e. subtracting total points against from total points scored), finally result of the match between the two teams tied. 
  • All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.

Seeding

  • All teams will proceed to a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final to determine the Final Standings.
  • Final pool standings will be determined from results.
  • Winners of the pools will take top seed of their pool, 2nd take 2nd seed of their pool, etc. 

Awards  

  • Winners: GOLD certificates only
  • Runners Up: SILVER certificates
  • 3rd Place: BRONZE certificates
  • REFSPECT winners – Certificate
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants. 

Results 

  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending. 

Winner’s Pathway 

  • There is no planned pathway from this event.

NGB Info

  • For more information on supporting this sport in your school, please visit: https://www.lta.org.uk/compete/junior/

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.

REFSPECT 

MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

Social Media 

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.  

Email: info@mertonssp.org.uk

X Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mertonssp

First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

MSSP aims to deliver a first-class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here

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