Tim Henman OBE opens ‘elite’ Raynes Park High School tennis courts to serve future champions

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Tim Henman has opened Raynes Park High School’s ground-breaking new tennis facility renovation, a significant milestone in the school’s commitment to providing opportunities for its students (23rd May 2024).

A substantial portion of the funding, £70,000, was generously donated by the Tim Henman Foundation, underscoring their commitment to sporting excellence and supporting education and sports accessibility in the local community.

Deepening community grassroots to enable future lawn tennis champions

This ambitious project, totalling an investment of over £266,000, has transformed outdated and unusable courts into cutting-edge, high-specification facilities that rival those of professional arenas. Central to this transformation is an investment of £225,000 in the courts themselves, alongside an additional £41,000 for advanced floodlighting systems.

Two fifths of students (40%) at Raynes Park High School receive free school meals with a further two fifths of students with special educational needs (SEN). As part of the programme, 210 tennis rackets have been purchased for every year seven pupil, a commitment the school will honour year-on-year.

Community partnerships at the school have been key to its growth, with commitments from the Tim Henman Foundation and further support secured from arts and wellbeing programmes delivered by the Tasso Foundation. This has been co-ordinated in partnership with strategic community investment consultancy, Richard Garrett of RMG Associates.

Tim Henman OBE says: “My Foundation is delighted to have worked with Raynes Park High School over the course of the last six years. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of my Foundation’s supporters we have been able to enrich the curriculum offer at the School.“

“Today is very special as we are opening the new courts funded jointly by The Tim Henman Foundation and the School.”

“Our focus will now be on supporting curriculum enrichment through a funded tennis programme. We are also grateful to collaborate with the Tasso Foundation who have helped fund today’s festival.”

“It is great to see the growth in the partnerships and programmes linked with the school that all embrace my Foundation’s philosophy of “one life, many opportunities”.

My congratulations and thanks to all who have made this possible.”

John Oldridge, Director of Sport & Community Partnerships at Raynes Park High School, adds: “The school is proud to collaborate with The Tim Henman Foundation and the Tasso Foundation.”

“Our students can benefit from a diverse range of opportunities brought together by those who care about enriching the curriculum to ensure students get the best from their education with us.”

“We will continue to focus on increasing the depth of support and opportunities to ensure a dynamic and best-in-class student experience.”

“Our shared commitment to democratising education underscores our dedication to enriching the educational landscape of our locality.”

Richard Garrett of RMG Associates, who brought together the foundations with the school adds: “Our work with Raynes Park High School has been to bring together, amongst others,  the Tim Henman Foundation and the Tasso Foundation to offer sports, arts and wellbeing programmes.”

“Working together, we have enriched the lives of 2000 local primary school students, offering diverse opportunities in  Science, Design Technology, Sport, Drama, and Music.”

For more information about the opportunities for students at Raynes Park High School, visit https://www.rphs.org.uk/

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