Primary School pupils to get more tennis opportunities thanks to support from IES

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 March 2019

North Somerset Tennis Academy's Stuart Bannerman and Vicky Long from IES launching the outreach programme with pupils from Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon

North Somerset Tennis Academy's Stuart Bannerman and Vicky Long from IES launching the outreach programme with pupils from Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon

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Primary School pupils in North Somerset will have the opportunity to try out their tennis skills this spring, thanks to North Somerset Tennis Academy and Bristol engineering firm IES.

The tennis academy run by Stuart Bannerman was set up in 2017 using the tennis courts on Clevedon Seafront, with support from Clevedon Town Council.

One of its members is the son of an IES manager – Andy Coombes – and last year the company provided sponsorship for the academy’s training kits.

This year, as the academy expands into local schools, IES has gone one better, and is providing the funding required for the outreach programme, including the costs of the coaches and equipment.

The programme will begin this month in schools with indoor facilities, expanding to schools with outdoor facilities as the spring comes and the weather improves.

In addition to teaching the children about tennis, coach Bannerman will give their teachers the coaching skills required to carry on the activity within the school.

Bannerman said: “I’m really excited to be launching this programme and look forward to teaching tennis to children who have never picked up a racket before.

“I am extremely grateful to IES for funding this, as without their contribution it would not have been possible.”

Niels Morch, managing director of IES, added: “IES is delighted to sponsor the outreach programme. As a company we encourage our staff to be active and have in recent years organised numerous fitness initiatives, including company ‘Fitbit Challenges’ and a charity 24-hour cycleathon for Comic Relief.

“We are hoping that Stuart and his team may discover the next Andy Murray in North Somerset.”

Avonmouth-based IES is a leading, worldwide provider of specialist engineering and logistics services.

From single machine installations to entire factory relocation and from manufacturing to high-tech industry, it provides an unrivalled reputation for quality of service and reliability.

IES works with a range of clients from start-ups to blue chip multi-nationals and through its electrical division distributes high quality industrial electrical parts across the UK.

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