Phorms Schule Frankfurt – Game, set and match!
The partnership between BASE Tennis Academy and the Phorms Taunus Campus was launched nearly two years ago on the recommendation of a Phorms mother and with the approval of Michael Gehrig, who was head of school at the time. Since then, it has continued to flourish at the primary school and is now run by Dr Astrid Simon, who is a keen tennis player herself. For ten weeks at the beginning of this school year, the reception class spent their sports lessons practising swinging their tennis rackets. The BASE Tennis Academy has a special teaching strategy: one training session consists of a half-hour tennis lesson, followed by half an hour of fun athletics activities, which focus on training the students’ fitness and coordination, as well as ball games. These sessions delight children and adults alike, as confirmed by Julia Lafko, sports coordinator at the Phorms Taunus Campus: ‘The tennis teachers always have great ideas and are really dedicated to their work.’ Since February 2019, the tennis lessons have also become an integral part of the year 1 timetable. In addition to getting some exercise, the children gain social skills such as taking part in team competitions, respecting their opponents and making decisions without the umpire stepping in. The Phorms Taunus Campus plans to take part in the ‘Hessischer Tennis-Verband’ (Hessen Tennis Association) Primary School Cup in September, where around 300 primary school students from the Campus can enjoy a day full of tennis-based activities.