Croydon pupils try hockey and tennis free at London 2012 venue

By - Wednesday 20th May, 2015

Pupils from Gresham Primary School in Croydon enjoyed free hockey and tennis coaching sessions along with 500 other schoolchildren at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at its annual Schools Festival on 19th and 20th May.

Photo provided by Gresham Primary School and used with permission.

Release begins: More than 50 primary schools representing every London borough, as well as Hertfordshire and Essex, were invited to the world class sports venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The event was hosted by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in partnership with the venue operators Lee Valley Leisure Trust.

Del Goddard, Lee Valley Leisure Trust Chairman said: “Hundreds of young people have had the chance to try hockey and tennis for free over the last two days. For the majority of them, it will have been the first time that they have played these sports and we hope that they will be inspired by their experience at this fantastic venue.

“There is no better place to enjoy these two sports than Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre which is open to everyone and offers coaching and other activities for all ages and abilities.”

Primary school pupils in Years 3 and 4 (seven to nine years old) enjoyed expert coaching in Quicksticks – a fun four-a-side taster for hockey, and Mini Tennis – a perfect introduction to the sport.

Derrick Ashley, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chairman said: “It was great to see so many youngsters from across the region following in the footsteps of sporting stars and playing tennis and hockey here.

“Uniquely among world class sports venues, anyone can play on the pitches and courts at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre which runs many introductory sessions to encourage new participants to get involved in both sports.”

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre runs Rush Hockey sessions every week for players of all standards as well as Hotshots Tennis coaching for all age groups.

Both Rush Hockey and Hotshots Tennis sessions will also be running for ages five to 12 during the upcoming May Half Term holiday between Tuesday 26 May and Friday 29 May.Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which was known during the London 2012 Paralympic Games as Eton Manor, hosted the wheelchair tennis event and is open to everyone, with six outdoor and four indoor tennis courts alongside two international competition standard hockey pitches.

The centre will host the Unibet Eurohockey 2015 Championships from 21 – 30 August and the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters from 25th – 29th November.

For more information on Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and to book activities go to

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Release provider: Gresham Primary School.



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