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PE Activity Idea #47 - "Last One Standing"


This is a student favourite and a fun way to practice forehand and backhand returns in tennis!


  • 1 tennis racquet per person

  • Bucket of tennis balls

  • Tennis court with net


  • PE teacher is on one side of the net

  • Students line up on other side of net


  1. PE teacher hits the ball to the first person in line, they need to return the ball

  2. If they successfully return the ball over the net and into play, they are safe and go to the back of the line and continue playing

  3. If they player hits the net or hits the ball out of play, the drop their racquet, run over to the side with the PE teacher and can only return to the playing side if they catch the ball on the full

  4. Continue playing until there is one person standing!

Make it easier:

  • Allow any stroke to return the ball

  • Play high lob shots to the students

Making harder:

  • Restrict to only forehand or only backhand

  • Play the ball with pace

  • Play the ball into the corners



Give it a go this week and stay tuned for next week's PE idea. Make sure you subscribe to get all 52 straight to your inbox!

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