Silvertown pupils ace tennis test with PM David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron with Greg Rusedski and Johanna Konta with pupils from Britannia Village

Prime Minister David Cameron with Greg Rusedski and Johanna Konta with pupils from Britannia Village Primary School during the Westminster Tennis event. - Credit: Getty Images for LTA

A visit to Parliament turned into a knockabout with the Prime Minister during a school trip for Silvertown pupils.

Britannia Village Primary School travelled to the home of Big Ben on June 19 to cause a racket in the grounds of Westminster.

The visit was organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Tennis Foundation as part of their #TennisIS campaign to get more people from all ages and backgrounds playing the sport.

Luckily, pupils have been learning tennis for free with tutors from the Aegon Schools Tennis programme which also gives the school equipment.

They stepped up to the net to challenge tennis champions Greg Rusedski and Johanna Konta - until PM David Cameron arrived to give them some words of encouragement.


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Mr Cameron said: “I think we should commend the LTA for the work they are doing to try and make tennis much more of a mass participation sport.

“I see it in the primary school my children go to where more tennis is being taught and played.”

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Paul Clavis, a teacher at Britannia Village, added: “Our kids all had a really great time, it was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and organised brilliantly by the LTA.

“The kids were so enthusiastic to be playing tennis and having a lot of fun which was really great to see.

“It was a really special day and one I’m sure they will remember for a very long time.”

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