Cranleigh has an active tennis programme, which comes into full swing in the summer term. With 24 courts available, and with over 100 girls and boys members of the ‘tennis club’, there is plenty of opportunity for everyone.
Cranleigh has weekly fixtures across all the age brackets against other independent schools and these form the bulk of the competitive matches. For most age groups we field both A & B teams, and in some cases we even field C teams. We also enter teams into a number of competitions, which run throughout the year as well as in the summer term. These include:
- Aegon Schools National Championships
- Branston Shield
- Independent Schools league
- Independent Schools Tennis Association tournament
- St George’s Pairs
- Rootham Shield
In the Summer term players are allocated to a squad, with practice sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday and a team practice on Friday ahead of the Saturday fixtures. An external company is employed to provide pupils with access to professional coaching for the Tuesday and Thursday sessions. For ‘elite’ players dedicated sessions are run during the Lent term.
In addition to the team programme above, pupils are encouraged to play socially. Fourth Form minority tennis is available throughout the Michaelmas term, and a dedicated session with professional coaches is scheduled during the Summer term, for those who are focused on athletics, swimming or athletics.
Pupils are also encouraged to use the courts during their free time, and it is a frequent occurrence to see the courts in full action after prep.
As well as providing Cranleigh pupils with a full tennis programme, we also run a fantastically popular Prep Schools’ Festival each year. The event has been running for 40 years and last time round 42 pairs were entered. If the weather is good, this is a really fun event, allowing parents and pupils the opportunity to experience some quality tennis in a thoroughly pleasant atmosphere.
Jamie Bartlett is Head of Tennis and is supported by coaches Carolyn Nicholls and Steve Batchelor