Tennis for fun, not just for Wimbledon
The Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) programme for primary school aged children is focussed on fun, getting children active, and helping them make new friends.
Courses take place in the city and across the region all year round and the LTA is hoping to sign up its 100,000th Tennis for Kids participant by the end of 2019.
Tennis taster on the seafront
Former British tennis star Julie Hobbs and a team of local LTA coaches joined city councillor, Alan Robins and children from two local primary schools recently for a first ever tennis session under the city’s iconic British Airways i360.
Hobbs, who coaches at nearby Pavilion and Avenue Tennis Club said: “I’ve played on Centre Court at Wimbledon and some of the most famous tennis venues in the world but nowhere quite as unique as this! To see these children get their first experience of tennis in such an incredible setting was great and hopefully they will want to try it again”.
Alan Robins, Chair of the council’s Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, added: “Schemes like this are a great addition to the range of activities on offer in the city. We want to encourage more children to lead healthy and active lives and trying out different sports is an important part of this”.
Photo credit: Stuart Butcher