Jugend trainiert für Olympia & Paralympics, German organisation for youth sport, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the school tennis department which was launched in 1970 by the German Tennis Association (DTB). The three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker also acknowledges the importance of the school sport competition: “”Jugend trainiert für Olympia & Paralympics” is the largest school sport movement. I find the enthusiasm and joy the kids have for the sport incredibly inspiring and valuable."
The DTB school tennis programme had 83,000 young people registered when it started. When the first school competitions were held in 1976, the number increased to 191,000. And when 14-year-old Boris Becker became the state winner in Baden-Württemberg in 1982 as part of youth training for the Olympics with the Helmholtz Gymnasium Heidelberg, the number had risen to 389,000. By the time Boris Becker had already won Wimbledon twice, the number of children and youth had risen to 420,000.
Young German school players represented Germany in numerous ISF World Schools Championships, confirming that tennis is an integral part of school sport over the past 50 years in Germany,.
Original article (German): https://www.jugendtrainiert.com/nachrichtendienst/artikel/50-jahre-schultennis-eine-erfolgsgeschichte/