Qualco UK has continued its pledge to support a tennis lending library for two Birmingham schools. In association with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Qualco launched the library in summer 2016 in a pioneering scheme that enables students to borrow and use the equipment to play tennis in their own time at home or in their local park with their families.

This year Qualco committed further funds to buy more equipment for the library, in addition to offering ten students centre court tickets at the Nature Valley Classic. Students were selected as part of an end of year recognition for their service and efforts in sport back at school.  

The Nature Valley Classic is a WTA Premier level women’s tennis tournament which attracts world-class players to compete in both singles and doubles. Previous champions include Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.

Head of Development at Core Academy, Cathy O’Driscoll said: “This was a fabulous opportunity for all involved to watch international class tennis and soak up the atmosphere. Students from Central Academy had a great time at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham. Thanks to Qualco for the opportunity of free tickets, they were delighted to watch such great play and are determined to go again next year.”

Christian Jacob, Managing Director at Qualco UK said, “We are delighted to continue our support of the tennis equipment lending library, which was hailed as a great success last year and continues to be a popular resource for Rockwood Academy and Nansen Primary School. It was a pleasure to reward the most engaged students and hope that it will encourage more pupils to get involved in tennis in their spare time. We look forward to seeing the results over the next 12 months.”