Sports charity serves up free tennis across Britain as part of national programme to improve physical and mental wellbeing
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National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’, with the support of the LTA, is serving up an ace for local communities, with the continued launch of free coach led tennis sessions with four starting this Saturday 2 October.
In an exciting partnership with the LTA, Tennis Scotland, Tennis Wales and the local council, Tennis For Free provide free sessions for families all year-round at locations across Britain. The simple aims are to get more people playing tennis and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of members of the local community.
Tennis For Free have partnered with the LTA for the last three years to open tennis up to more people from all backgrounds with a particular focus on areas of high indices of deprivation, with the National Governing Body for tennis a key funding partner of the charity.
Locations Launching on 2 October:
- Bellfield Park, Inverness
- New Ferry Park, Wirral
- Ruthrieston Sport Centre, Aberdeen
Tennis For Free CEO Paul Jessop said: “Together with the LTA, we are helping to make tennis more accessible to more people by removing the cost barrier that some sections of the community face, so that the entire community can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially.
“We have created specially designed programmes to welcome families, the old and the young, of any ability and the beauty is that each session is led by qualified tennis coaches who will ensure people develop at their own pace.”
“But it’s not just about the playing, these schemes bring people in communities together. People can get involved and help run the schemes even if they aren’t playing themselves. We are always looking for local volunteers to grow the programme, indeed some of our most successful and sustainable schemes across the UK have the coaches supported by a team of volunteers who organise further events.”
Stuart Maidment, LTA Parks Tennis Manager, said: “We are proud to partner with Tennis for Free and very excited about the launches we have coming up. Our Vision is to open tennis up to many more people regardless of their age, gender, background, ability or disability and our partnership with TFF is helping to do this.
“Having high quality, easy to access park facilities where you can play informally with your family and friends is really important to encouraging new people to pick up a racket and play, and a key area of focus and investment for the LTA.”