SCHOOL pupils got a taste of Wimbledon thanks to a tennis centre.

Manydown Tennis, based in Wootton St Lawrence, visited The Priory Primary School, in Pamber End, on Friday last week to host a free tennis tournament for the schools reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 pupils.

Each year group came out one at a time to compete in the tournament; one half would compete and the other half would do tennis drills, after which they would switch and the winners of both halves played each other in the final. Teachers also took part in the sessions, playing one another.

The club also bought along an official umpire’s chair, gold medals, an inflatable crown and trophy and a box of Haribo strawberries to create the true feel of SW19.

James Colvin, tennis manager at Manydown Tennis, said: “There were several aces, drop shots, slices and winners flying over the net all day – some of which would have had Andy Murray gasping for mercy!

“All in all it was a great day and a brilliant opportunity for the local children to play some tennis at school at such an important time in the tennis calendar.

“We hope to see the children playing at Manydown soon.”