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Fed Cup: Local schoolkids join British tennis stars on court

  • 04/02/2019

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Great Britain's Fed Cup team welcomed over 100 schoolchildren to the University of Bath’s tennis courts ahead of their Europe/Africa Group I clash, taking place 6-9 February. 

The local youngsters from Batheaston Church of England Primary School and St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the team practise, before taking part in a Tennis for Kids session with Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Katie SwanEmma Raducanu and captain Anne Keothavong

Everyone was able to experience the LTA’s Tennis for Kids programme, which is aimed at children who have never played tennis before and runs all year round up and down the country. Delivered by trained and accredited LTA coaches, it features fun games and drills to help get kids active. It also gives parents the chance to join in, encouraging families to get on court together. 

Launched in 2016 following Great Britain's historic Davis Cup win in 2015, it has become the LTA's biggest grassroots programme. It has inspired over 62,000 children to pick up a racket for the first time, with over 26,000 children getting involved in 2018 alone.

Find a Tennis for Kids course near you! 

With Fed Cup fever hitting the South West, more Tennis for Kids courses will be up and running across the region so that kids can have the chance at playing themselves. 

Tennis for Kids includes six tennis sessions, a racket and ball set, and a personalised t-shirt all delivered for £25. To find a course in Bath or beyond, head to www.tennisforkids.co.uk and sign up today! 

The event at the University of Bath was part of the LTA's wider plan to engage over 1,000 children from schools across the South West, who will be taking to the court in planned tennis activities on-site during the Fed Cup week. 

Known as the ‘World Cup of tennis’, the Fed Cup is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport. The upcoming Europe/Africa Group I event marks Great Britain's first home tie in over a quarter of a century following a 26-year hiatus.  Great Britain will be one of eight nations competing, with a place in April’s World Group II Play-Offs at stake.

The last tickets remaining for the highly-anticipated competition, start at £6 and can be purchased online. Each session will guarantee three exciting matches and plenty of opportunities for kids and families to have a go at playing themselves. 

Who said what?

Neroli, aged 10, from St Andrew’s: "The best part of today was watching the practice and it was really exciting to meet the players. I really like tennis and after today I'd like to play more tennis!"

Johanna Konta, British No.1: “I’ve had a lot of fun joining in with the kids today and opportunities like these make a home tie really special; it gives us the chance to meet some of our younger fans and hopefully inspire them to play tennis throughout their lives. We have a big week ahead of us, but the support of the crowd will really spur us on and today was a big reminder of those we have backing us.”

Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the LTA: “Opening up tennis, making the sport more welcoming and enjoyable for everyone is a key focus for the LTA.  With Tennis for Kids, we have a very successful and rewarding programme to engage new children in our sport. Giving young children a positive first experience of tennis is so important and days like today, where children from across the South West get to see tennis live and meet the very best in Britain, will hopefully engage them in tennis for life.”  

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