With the summer approaching and hopefully dry days its a great time to get outdoors with the kids. We love playing tennis and badminton in our garden when the weather is nice. Neil is really sporty and loves watching lots of sport he should have gone to Wimbledon a few years ago and had secured tickets for the semi final but his mum couldn’t make it. He was devastated.
Jack loves getting in the garden with Neil after school and work and knocking a ball about. So when the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) launched their Tennis sessions for kids again this year it was one I wasn’t going to miss. Jack loves trying out new sports he currently plays rugby and crown green bowling on a regular basis. Below you can see Jack and Edward trying to have a quick game of badminton.
We have lots of different tennis sets, all different sizes and materials. The one’s you can get from the supermarkets and on the beach. They are great for the garden and the park but Jack can’t wait to try out tennis on a proper court. He is always asking in the summer can he go and play properly. Now he will get a chance and I really hope he enjoys it.
Tennis for Kids launched last year, offering children the opportunity to fall in love with tennis by taking a course delivered by specially trained, fun, passionate coaches between April and September. The initiative was a great success, reaching over 13,000 kids, all of whom took home a brand new, specially designed Davis Cup tennis racket.
Tennis for Kids returns in 2017, with an aim to get 20,000 kids – brand new to tennis – on a 6-week FREE tennis course this summer. There are over 2000 courses to choose from around the UK. We have just booked ours and Jack can’t wait.
You can book your free 6 week course by visiting the Clubspark LTA website. It’s really simple to do just pop in your postcode, distance you’re willing to travel and search. You will then be presented with a list of tennis sessions at clubs local to you.
Our local club is Holcombe Brook Sports Club and they are running various dates and times. We have chosen a Wednesday at 4pm which fits perfect after school. Most clubs appear to be running various session starting in the next few weeks and also further into the summer. So don’t just settle for your nearest club if you are able to travel look a little further as you may find one that works better for you.
You don’t need any special equipment to take part in the courses. The only thing they ask is that your child wears a pair of trainers to allow them to run around. The club will provide all the equipment they need. Not only is it great to learn a sport its also great exercise so even if you don’t plan on them taking up tennis sessions in the future its a great way to get them outdoors and exercising and learning something new.
The #TennisForKids programme is specially tailored to keeps kids engaged, even if they’ve never picked up a racket before. It includes ball games to help with hand-eye coordination, softer balls well-suited for beginners, playing on a more-manageable mini tennis court (smaller footprint, lower net), and coaches trained in getting young novices excited and having fun.
We really hope to see some of our readers attending some of the tennis sessions. Its a great way to introduce children to tennis and its FREE. Let us know below if you have signed up and were you will be playing. It would be great to connect with people before hand. You can also connect with people on social media under the #Tennisforkids you will find people all over the country taking part.
** I’m working in a paid relationship with the Lawn Tennis Association on their #TennisForKids campaign. Sign up for your FREE tennis activity here