Tennis: Guiness World Record Attempt


Congratulations to all the children in Year 3, 4 and 5 who achieved a Guiness World Record for the 'Largest Tennis lesson' as part of the Liverpool International Tennis Festival!

"It was fantastic and all the children were great!"

- Barry Cowen, retired GB Tennis Player

On Wednesday 18th June 2014, Y3-5 attended Aigburth Cricket club for a fun-filled day of Tennis.

The day started with children attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the largest tennis lesson. Retired GB tennis player Barry Cowan, gathered children across Liverpool to attempt to beat the record for the World’s Largest Tennis Coaching Session. Last year at Flushing Meadows Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s mum Judy Murray set the record at 406, but today Barry Cowen and the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament team counted in 683 players, all with racquets, all taking an active part in the session.

With many other primary schools across the city, children participated in workshops with professional tennis coaches.  The tennis lesson lasted for 40 minutes and it was filmed by two fixed cameras from start to finish with two independent witnesses monitoring proceedings. The footage, with no editing, will now be sent to the Guinness Book of World Records for verification; although children are certain that we have achieved it!

After having lunch in the blazing sunshine, children proceeded to be wowed by watching live tennis matches from the main stand. It was incredible for children to witness perspective tennis professionals firsthand as it allows them to strive towards a new challenge / goal!

Year 5 children were able to experience a taster of lacrosse and the coaches were so impressed they have signed them up for 2014/15 Liverpool Lacrosse Tournament.

After some much needed water, children particpated in a final tennis workshop before being interviewed by local radio stations to give feedback about their tennis experience!


Liverpool International Tennis Festival is a major grassroots initiative with a charitable status aimed at making tennis more accessible to all children in Liverpool and provides the opportunity for talented young players to receive top quality training and competition.