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Source: DOSB tennis has been played in German schools for 50 years. A reason to celebrate, because a lot has been achieved in these five decades.

“Open the school doors for tennis!” Was the demand of the incumbent State Secretary Hanna-Renate Laurien at the general meeting of the German Tennis Federation in 1973. Three years earlier, a separate school tennis department had been set up with a commission of regional association representatives in order to establish the sport nationwide in the school environment. 50 years later, tennis is not one of the core disciplines in physical education like athletics, for example, but it has become an integral part of the overall context of school sports can ”, says DTB President and retired educator Ulrich Klaus. “In this respect, one can definitely speak of a key element for later lifelong sports, because from a health point of view, promoting the urge to move in children and young people at an early stage is elementary.” The most important competitions, offers and innovations in the 50-year history are still stronger today Part of the school tennis. In the field of competitive sports, this is above all the “Youth trained” campaign, which was launched in the run-up to the Games in Munich in 1972 and in which tennis greats like Boris Becker took part in their youth. Every year, several thousand schools and their girls ‘and boys’ teams are still fighting for a place in the state finals and the national finals in Berlin. And those who prevail in the capital are even allowed to attend the school tennis world championships, the first edition of which took place in Duisburg in 1995. Since then, German teams have even won gold medals three times. “Youth trains” introduces competitive sports “This is probably the world’s largest school sports competition and offers younger age groups the chance to get their first experience in competitive tennis and older girls and boys additional opportunities to meet others on the pitch measure, “says Christian Efler, DTB consultant for school tennis and sports teacher at a grammar school in Baden-Württemberg for six years. Over the years, the German Tennis Association and its partners have developed various school tennis sets for everyday school sport, consisting of children’s rackets, Small field nets and pressure-reduced balls as well as training content and exercise forms. The aim then, as now, is to provide sports teachers who are not tennis-savvy with assistance in trying out the discipline in the classroom and to show them that tennis can also be implemented in schools with simple means. Successful cooperation between schools and clubs and as you can see Present and future of school tennis? With the nationwide introduction of all-day schools, school tennis has often been able to position itself in the afternoon program thanks to the cooperation between schools and clubs. This is a profitable situation for everyone involved: the schools can expand their portfolio with expert support from the club trainers and the clubs have another opportunity to recruit members, even if the school tennis anniversary is different than planned due to the corona pandemic and many events are canceled must: The distance sport tennis is currently also a very popular alternative in schools and now has the chance to establish itself even more in physical education in the future. (Source: DTB)


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