Tennis for Kids offers free sessions around Wales
Children around Wales are being offered free tennis coaching as part of a major programme to get thousands more youngsters playing the game.
Tennis for Kids is a free six-week coaching programme for 5-8 year olds, who are new to tennis.
The scheme was launched last year, and exceeded its GB-wide target of reaching 10,000 children. For 2017, the aim is to involve 20,000, with each receiving a free racket.
In Wales, it is anticipated that more than 40 coaches will deliver 100 courses, with the aim of bringing 1,000 children into the game.
The courses generally involve six free, fun sessions with an expert coach; a free racket to keep, if you attend regularly; the chance for parents or guardians to get involved; and the opportunity to continue at the venue once the course is finished.
Courses are being offered at venues throughout Wales. To find a course near you and to book online, go to https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids
“Tennis for Kids was incredibly popular last year, building on the Davis Cup success, and this year we are aiming to take it even further by involving even more children,” said Tennis Wales chief executive, Peter Drew.
Information on all aspects of tennis in Wales is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ and for regular updates follow Tennis Wales on Twitter @tenniswales
Tennis Wales is the national governing body for tennis in Wales and works in partnership with Sport Wales, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Tennis Foundation, and Disability Sport Wales.
In 2012 Tennis Wales launched their 2020 Vision Plan to significantly grow tennis participation in Wales and to produce a nation of champions. Since that time club membership has grown by more than 2,000 to reach more than 15,000, the number of schools in Wales delivering tennis has doubled to 79%, and the number of school children taking part in the annual schools team event has doubled to nearly 5,000. Tennis Wales has also now implemented 4 ‘Disability Tennis Networks’ across Wales which have so far helped nearly 200 people with a disability to become a regular tennis player. Wales currently has four players who have a senior world ranking, and in 2015 Wales won 3 medals in tennis at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. Wales has 90 registered tennis clubs or venues and Tennis Wales aims to make tennis as affordable and accessible as possible to everyone across Wales.
For more information on tennis in Wales, visit http://www3.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/wales/
Need help finding your local tennis courts? visit http://www.lta.org.uk/play/