BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL – Case Study
Belmont Primary School is one of the most successful, established and vibrant state primary schools in Chiswick. Belmont is a two-form entry primary school with 420 full-time places for 4-11 year olds and 52 part-time places for nursery-aged children.
It takes children through four phases of education, from nursery, through Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, Upper Key Stage 2 (nursery, years 1 -6 inclusive).
The school lists its values as: aspiration, belief, co-operation, creativity, fairness, integrity, resilience, respect and responsibility and “places a focus on sport, physical education and fitness to develop children’s lifelong habits for an active lifestyle”*. Belmont’s values closely mirror our own, so a partnership through our Chiswick centre made perfect sense as part of our policy of proactively engaging schools and encouraging an active lifestyle for children of all ages.
We invited whole year groups to Chiswick to engage in and enjoy tennis taster sessions at their local park with coaching, equipment and support provided by the Will to Win Chiswick team. These tennis taster sessions have proven highly successful in introducing tennis and emphasising its accessibility and inclusivity. We run them at schools located around our centres and have extended this programme to include universities to help target players in their early 20s who may want to get back into tennis.
In Summer 2012 we also organised and ran the London Kids Tennis Challenge, when schools from 11 boroughs across the Capital competed in a London-wide mini-tennis competition. We also provided learning resources about tennis and pathways to continue playing, running heats in participating schools before a final at Will to Win Hyde Park. It was one of an elite group of projects awarded the marque “Inspired By London 2012” by the LOCOG – the London Olympic Games Organising Committee.