I’ve grown up with Tennis as a big deal. At first it was just Wimbledon every year. My Mum is a die hard tennis fan and as I grew up I learned to love it too. I enjoy watching Wimbledon, and following Andy Murray and co on the tennis courts. Since my Mum retired and sport has become so much more available to watch on TV, she has become obsessed with watching and following tennis all throughout the year. In particular she has a thing for Rafa Nadal, her hero, and she’s been to see him live too. My mum and dad look after our children every week, so they’re exposed to tennis like I was. My eldest son has expressed an interest in wanting to learn, we have tennis courts in our local park. He’s tried it on holidays but he’s keen to learn properly.
The Lawn Tennis Association are offering free tennis lessons this spring for 5-8 year olds, with no catch at all, they just want to get more young people playing and interested in the sport. Plus, if you complete the course of lessons, they get to keep a tennis racket free of charge too! It’s an amazing offer, open to absolutely anyone in the age range, but there are limited places. You can sign up via their website here. We’ve signed up and are due to start next week in a club near us. William is very excited and looking forward to whacking the ball really hard. I’ve warned him he’s not going to be a pro overnight! It’s going to give us more than just one trial lesson, it’s a 6 week course, so at the end of it, he’ll know whether it’s something he wants to continue with.
I was worried he would lose interest if he can’t do it straight away, but the #TennisForKids programme has been specially tailored to keeps the children engaged, even if they’ve never picked up a racket before. It includes ball games to help with hand-eye coordination and softer balls that are better for beginners. They play on a more manageable mini tennis court, which has a smaller footprint and a lower net, and all the coaches are trained in getting the kids excited and having fun.
I’ll update you all on how he’s getting on with the lessons on my Facebook page, feel free to ask me any questions as we go along. I hope you’ll sign up too, it’s such a good opportunity, and share it with anyone you know who would like to give it a go and would benefit. The LTA have centres all round the country so there’s bound to be one near you. Let me know how you get on too and we can compare notes. You can use the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #TennisForKids to join in on the conversation.
Disclosure: I’m working in a paid relationship with the Lawn Tennis Association on their #TennisForKids campaign. Sign up for your FREE tennis activity here https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/
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