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Play tennis & padel this summer: activities for kids, families & adults


The summer’s here, the sun is shining and it’s time to pick up a racket and get out on court. Here’s your essential guide to tennis and padel activities if you’re looking for things to do this summer.

Summer activities for kids

Kids tennis coaching this Summer

Looking for a way to keep the kids active during the summer holidays? LTA Youth offers fun junior tennis coaching courses at parks and clubs across the UK.

If they’ve never played before, there are beginner-friendly programmes like LTA Youth Start for kids aged 4-11 or Prime Video LTA Youth Girls tailored specifically for girls.

For more practiced players, the LTA Youth programme has exciting tennis for kids filled with games and activities for all ages and skill levels. There’s lots of tennis lessons for kids near you – just use our search tool below to find your closest venue.

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If your kids are brand new to tennis, you can also check out the LTA Tennisables – six colourful characters who are here to show your kids their tennis tekkers. Watch the videos and have a ball learning our six tennis-based skills from anywhere.

Learn more about LTA Youth then see what children's tennis lessons are available near you by entering your location below:

Enjoy junior tennis competitions

There’s no better time to find and play in fun junior competitions – with events taking place all over the country.

From LTA Youth Compete events like Local Tour, Team Challenge and Matchplay, to local County Tour tournaments and even regional and national competitions – there’s something for all levels and ages.

Search for junior tennis competitions

Free tennis activities

Play tennis for free at the park

This summer you can play tennis for free at a Barclays Free Park Tennis session.

No matter your age, background or ability you can sign up to a free tennis session every weekend at your local park.

People of all ages taking part in a Free Park Tennis session

Bring the family or head down and meet new people on court – you’ll get to practice your skills, keep active and have fun playing tennis.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any kit – we’ll provide all the rackets, balls and equipment you need.

Try tennis at your nearest venue

Clubs, parks and tennis venues across Great Britain will be hosting Barclays Big Tennis Weekends this summer – giving you a chance to try the game for free.

These open days are packed with coaching, games, competitions and other social events so you can guarantee a great day with friends and family.

Whether you want to play for the first time, or rediscover an old passion, discover tennis that suits you.

Find a Barclays Big Tennis Weekend

Summer activities for families

Play tennis at your local courts

Grab your rackets and head to your nearest park courts for a family tennis session.

It's a fantastic way to get some exercise, bond with the kids, and enjoy the sunshine together.

Don't worry if you're new to the game – we've got expert tips and tricks to help you get started.

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Ready to play? Search for your nearest court below:

Discover padel

This fast-growing sport is perfect for families. Padel is easy to pick up, played as doubles, and tonnes of fun for all ages.

With over 350 padel courts across the UK, finding a place to try it out is easy. Most venues even have rackets and balls for hire, so you can start playing straight away.

Find your nearest padel court

Summer activities near you

Find a local tennis coach

Want some personalised tennis coaching?

Book individual tennis lessons with an LTA Accredited Coach at your local courts. They can help you and your kids improve your groundstrokes, serves, volleys, you name it.

Find your nearest coach using our search tool and get in contact to learn more about the programmes and sessions they offer.

Find a tennis coach near you

Play local tennis matches

Adults can also get in on the action with Barclays Local Tennis Leagues. These leagues offer a fun, social, and competitive way to play at the park with others in your community.

It doesn't matter what age or level you are; we'll help you find the right group to join. 

Improve your skills, meet new people and play matches at a time and place that suits you – what’s not to love?

Head to the App Store or Google Play Store below to download the app and start finding your nearby leagues:

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