Youngsters enjoy Yogi Bear Tennis Tournament

Young players release balloons before the start of the tournament

Young players release balloons before the start of the tournament

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

INSPIRED by this year’s Wimbledon, 40 of Hampshire’s would-be tennis stars, aged between six and eight years of age, took part in the final of the 2014 Yogi Bear Tennis Tournament at Manydown Tennis Club.

The day is the highlight for thousands of children who take part throughout the tennis season in the RW Armstrong Tennis Programme, which is run by Manydown.

Ten infant schools competed.

Battling it out in Group A were Cheam Girls, Priory Bears, Home Farm, St Neots, Farleigh and Sherborne St John Schools, while Group B comprised Cheam Boys, Priory Tigers, Thorngrove, Kingsclere and Daneshill.

The top team in each group then contested the final, which saw the Priory Bears team of Zack Williams, Sam Chedgey, Bo Lee and Alex Hannett come out on top to win the Yogi Bear Shield against Cheam Boys.

Home Farm beat Daneshill in the third/fourth place play-off.

Tournament organiser Bryan Farrelly said: “A record number of spectators created a brilliant atmosphere, and the young players managed to uphold their fabulous performances throughout this intense play-off.”

Nigel Armstrong, from Sponsors R W Armstrong, said: “It’s great to build a passion for a sport, and to see players taking part and enjoying themselves at such a young age.

“We are delighted to keep supporting the tennis programme and hopefully helping build future stars.”

There were also special prizes for the best shots of the tournament, which were won by Jemima Idiens, Oscar Bearman and Milo Hoffman.

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