Leigh students at Wimbledon

Westleigh pupils Gregg Warburton and Ryan Rigby on Centre Court at Wimbledon with LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper
Westleigh pupils Gregg Warburton and Ryan Rigby on Centre Court at Wimbledon with LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper

PUPILS and teachers from a Leigh high school enjoyed an unforgettable day out at the world’s most famous tennis tournament.

Gregg Warburton and Ryan Rigby, who are both in Year 10 at Westleigh High School, enjoyed a trip to see the greatest tennis players strutting their stuff on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

They were given a seat to use throughout the day on Centre Court, where they watched the six-time champion Roger Federer meet Frenchman Julien Benneteau, and saw defending champion Novak Djokovic take on Czech player Radek Stepanek.

They also watched the last remaining British woman in the draw, 20-year-old Heather Watson, but were unable to cheer her on to an unlikely third-round victory against Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

Gregg and Ryan, who are both 15, travelled down to SW19 with deputy headteacher Helen Bryan and head of year Adam Harrison, after a colleague had got them complimentary tickets for the tournament.

The Westleigh contingent was welcomed to the All England Club by Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Chief Executive Roger Draper, ate strawberries and cream while sitting on the famous Hill, and enjoyed the pick of the matches taking place on Wimbledon’s outside courts.

They enjoyed their trip so much that even a delay of an hour and a half at London Euston station after their train home was cancelled did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm.

Gregg and Ryan were picked for the day out at the tennis because of their contributions to the school’s sport, with wheelchair basketballer Gregg recently making the Great Britain U22 team for their forthcoming European Championships campaign and Ryan representing Westleigh in athletics, football and badminton.

Westleigh head teacher John Banks said: “They were all absolutely buzzing when they came back, they had a fantastic time. Centre Court is a unique venue so to sit there is quite a thrill.

“Gregg and Ryan both regularly participate in school sport so it was great to reward them with such a fabulous day out.”