Tony Diprose appointed Director of Sport and Physical Wellbeing from January 2020
Tennis is a popular major sport for girls and senior boys. Junior boys can opt for the sport if they are of a County standard. Tennis is played on 2 Astro turf surfaces, providing up to 24 courts and 5 hard courts.
A coaching programme runs throughout the summer which caters for the most able as well as players of average ability. Our visiting coach and staff develop shot making, tactics and game understanding. Fixtures are played weekly against schools including Marlborough, Millfield, Bryanston and Sherborne. We also run singles and doubles tournaments, a house competition and a pupil and parent event. We regularly have 4 senior sides, 6 junior sides and 3 boys’ teams representing Canford.
A group of elite players from the junior and senior teams will then be selected to represent the school at the prestigious Independent Schools’ Competition at Eton College.
Pupils have the option of further private coaching. These happen around games times throughout the year and are available to all players.
We encourage pupils to develop their tennis to their highest levels. Tours abroad - such as to the Vale do Lobo complex in Portugal - take place as and when there is demand.
Canford enters a number of external tournaments each year, in addition to the regular programme of school tennis fixtures.