Gallery: Satelite sports club launched at STAGS

STAGS Headteacher Margaret Chapman, Club Ambassador & Year 13 Pupil Robyn Bramall, Mayor of St Alban

STAGS Headteacher Margaret Chapman, Club Ambassador & Year 13 Pupil Robyn Bramall, Mayor of St Albans Cllr Annie Brewster and LTA's Leo Tutt at the launch of Cardio Tennis at STAGS - Credit: Archant

St Albans’ Mayor Annie Brewster joined fourteen teenage girls in an energetic and fun Cardio-tennis session on Friday afternoon.

Mayor of St Albans Cllr Annie Brewster has a go at Cardio tennis

Mayor of St Albans Cllr Annie Brewster has a go at Cardio tennis - Credit: Archant

She was attending the launch of the newly established Satellite Club at St Albans Girls School (STAGS) - an outreach sports club that bridges the gap between physical education, school sport and community club sport.

The Satellite Club session takes place each Friday at the end of the school day, providing 11-18 year old girls a localised opportunity to take part in informal sport right on their door step. Matt, an experienced and inspirational coach, leads the Cardio Tennis session at the Satellite Club. It is a tennis-based fitness class with loud music and is a great way to enjoy playing the game whilst getting an amazing workout, socialising and having fun, all at once.

Cllr Brewster, a member of the Herts Sports Partnership executive board, said: “I have never had so much fun playing tennis. Thank you to the girls for their tremendous enthusiasm and for inviting me to join them.

“Satellite Clubs in schools are a brilliant way to try out new sports and activities facilitated by our remarkable local community clubs. Well done to the Herts Sports Partnership, the Hertfordshire Lawn Tennis Association, Townsend Tennis Club, St Albans Sports Development Team and the school for their team work in bringing the project to St Albans.”

A number of guests from partner organisations involved in making this club happen also joined in the fun. Representatives from the school, Hertfordshire LTA, local Sports Development Officers and School Games Organiser as well as members of the Herts Sports Partnership team are delighted with the success of the club.

Head teacher Margaret Chapman is delighted to be hosting the club.

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She said: “It is great that the Satellite club has launched here at STAGS and all the girls taking part don’t do any other sport out of school so this is really encouraging them to be active. The session is open to girls from other schools to attend and we hope to see them coming along soon.”

Part of the Sport England Satellite Club Programme Initiative that supports sports clubs to expand into local venues; this club is a firm link between Townsend Tennis Club and the local school sports facility at STAGs. For all Satellite Clubs, the focus is on giving participants the chance to take part in sport at in a familiar environment and in an informal, friendly and inclusive way.

Hertfordshire Sports Partnership manages the programme locally and project officer Sharon West works closely with a range of partners to ensure that local circumstances are considered. This enables local knowledge and interest to inform potential opportunities and help effective and sustainable Satellite Clubs to develop. This is just one example of the 60 or so Satellite Clubs covering 22 sports, 3 colleges, 53 schools and 48 clubs that will be live across Hertfordshire in 2014.

For information about the programme, contact Sharon West on 01707 281005,