With summer in full swing there has never been a better time for people across the country to pick up a tennis racket and get active, and with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) offering a whole host of ways in which to get on court in your local area, there’s no excuse not to take part this summer!
Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Andy Murray and Johanna Konta or play at your own pace at a club or on a park court, the LTA can help you find a way to get involved in tennis. From Tennis Tuesdays for women, Cardio Tennis for fitness fans and Tennis for Kids and Mini Tennis for children, there are many different ways to enjoy the game. For families looking to get on court together, why not head down to The Great British Tennis Weekend, the nation’s largest free tennis weekend across the country, which returns on the 21st-22nd July. Clubs and venues will be opening their doors to enable everyone to give tennis a go and will offer sessions for children and adults alike. There are also a variety of ways to get involved in coaching, from volunteering at a local club or inspiring more women and girls to play as part of the She Rallies programme led by the LTA and Judy Murray.
Rob Dearing, Head of Delivery and Innovation at the LTA said: “There are so many ways for everyone across the country to get involved in tennis this year, from playing with friends at your local park court or joining a competitive league, there really is a tennis offering for all abilities. Tennis not only helps to keep you fit and healthy, it’s also very sociable in nature and the fact that you can take it at your own pace makes it a sport that can be played at any age. With the sun shining, now is the perfect time to head down to your local court or club and give tennis a go!”
Find your local court – With hundreds of tennis courts available across the country, it’s easy to find and book your nearest one using the court finder www.lta.org.uk/play/find-a-court/.
She Rallies – This initiative from Judy Murray in conjunction with British Tennis focuses on creating more opportunities for women and girls in tennis. Tennis sessions are available for girls of various ages, including Lil Miss-Hits for those aged 5-8 and training days for women wanting to run their own tennis days. For more information, visit sherallies.com.
Tennis Tuesday’s – This innovative programme is designed to remove barriers to tennis for women who want to get back into sport. The sessions are informal, fun and social and are designed to help women of all abilities improve their tennis skills. For more information, visit www.tennistuesdays.co.uk.
Tennis for Kids – Tennis for Kids is the LTA’s biggest grassroots initiative. The programme is now in its third year and is comprised of a six-session course run by LTA accredited coaches. The scheme is an ‘always on’ programme for 4-11-year olds and was launched following Great Britain’s famous Davis Cup victory in 2015. Over 50,000 children across the country have taken part since the initiative was launched and there has been an unprecedented take up for this year’s programme, with over 20,000 sign ups so far this year. For more information and to sign up, visit www.tennisforkids.co.uk.
Mini Tennis – The aim of the Mini Tennis programme is to inspire the next generation of tennis enthusiasts with a fun introduction to the sport. Based on the four fundamentals; agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, the initiative offers children aged 3-10 the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun whilst doing so. For more information, visit www3.lta.org.uk/lta-mini-tennis.
Great British Tennis Weekend – The nation’s largest free tennis weekend returns on the 21st-22nd July, where venues and clubs across the country open their doors to enable anyone to get on court and try tennis for free, from adult coaching sessions to Mini Tennis sessions for children. Find and book your nearest free session at clubspark.lta.org.uk/opendays
Cardio Tennis – These 60-minute sessions are the perfect way to get your sweat on in a fun, sociable environment. Those of all abilities are welcome and as the class moves quickly, it doesn’t matter if the ball goes in or out. Find sessions using the Cardio Tennis filter here – www.lta.org.uk/play/find-a-court/
British Tennis Membership – The LTA’s new membership programme launched in 2017 and aims to bring tennis fans closer to the game. It offers world class benefits, such as priority access to British tennis events, money can’t buy prizes, exclusive offers and its very own British Tennis Wimbledon Ballot which not only gives members the chance to win Wimbledon tickets from a smaller pool of people, but also purchase returned tickets during the fortnight. For more information about the new British Tennis Membership please visit www.lta.org.uk/membership.