At 15, Emma began attending the Tennis Foundation’s SERVES programme in the Bridlington area. The programme, run in partnership with StreetGames, also operates in conjunction with East Riding Council’s positive lifestyles programme, delivered by their sports, play and arts service.

SERVES offers tennis-based sessions for young people aged 11 years and over. Each session is designed to empower young people to develop key social outcomes, including greater health, wellbeing and self-confidence, through tennis-based games and activities.

When Emma first started attending SERVES sessions, she had very little self-confidence and a limited social circle. She was also struggling at school due to bullying from both students and other young people in her neighbourhood. From the outset, Emma lacked confidence and was reluctant to make friends during activities. Her health and nutritional knowledge was also poor, as she continued to drink various energy drinks during her early sessions, despite being advised of their negative effect on her health.

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