In December last year, Andy Murray led Great Britain to become World Tennis Champions for the first time in 79 years and now we want to help get thousands of new kids involved in tennis!
I am delighted to have been selected to be part of this great programme “Tennis For Kids” and I will be working with the LTA to offer Kids at Motcombe Infant School and Hellingly Primary a 6 week FREE tennis course for children who are new to tennis. Every child that completes the course will be given their own FREE tennis racket! On the last session, parents will be invited to come along, get involved and play tennis with their child.
Tennis is a fantastic lifelong family sport, whether they’re 3 or 83! So get out there and having fun!
If you would like to see this programme run at your local school, do get in touch on 07811447711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC Get Inspired series – Get into Tennis
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Competition is totally redundant in cardio tennis – it’s all about the camaraderie to be found in exercising while having a good time, and bringing a big smile to your face. The main aim of these light-hearted, sociable group fitness classes is to get your heart pumping and your wellbeing soaring. You may have a racket in your hand, but you’ll all be on the same side of the net, cheering each other on as the calories burn away.
The adult world of tennis must be daunting if you can hardly see over the net! For kids, mini tennis is the answer. Children between three and 10 years old can now get stuck in with the aid of smaller courts, smaller nets, smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls. Everybody in this age range is catered for – there are four ‘stages’ of LTA Mini Tennis: Tots, Red, Orange and Green, each with their own court size and type of ball. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age.
An impressive range of adaptations are on offer for disabled people to play tennis, which can help build social skills, self-esteem and independence, as well as boosting fitness and coordination. Wheelchair tennis integrates easily with the non-disabled game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to rackets or balls. The Tennis Foundation is the place to start: they cater for and champion wheelchair tennis, and also offer subsidised camps featuring learning disability, deaf, and visually-impaired tennis.
1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into tennis near you.
2. Or find your local club in England, Scotland, Northern Irelandor Wales.
3. Share your story and inspire others.
Are you inspired to try tennis? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on email@example.com.
|Why get into tennis?
||The simple pleasures of whacking a yellow ball over a net are not to be underestimated! It’s addictive.
|Who is it for?
||‘Anyone for tennis?’ goes the famous phrase. And yes, anyone capable of holding a racquet can play.
|Is there a cheap option?
||Schemes such as ‘Tennis for Free’ have made it much more affordable.
|What if I want a proper workout?
||The top players in the world really revel in the frenetic, stop-start exertion – and so can you.
|Can I take it to another level?
||If you have real talent, you will get noticed – top-class Brits have been hard to come by (bar Andy Murray).
|Is there a disability option?
||Wheelchair tennis is really growing. And Britain has its very own Grand Slam winner in Jordanne Whiley.
|Is there a family option?
||Doubles matches (two versus two) are a good way for families to play together at the same time.
We will be bringing to you a brand new session available at one of the newly upgraded public tennis courts in Eastbourne – Cardio Tennis. Fun, active and paced to suit everyone of all abilities, it’s easy to join in and we will even supply a racket and balls. Keep updated to see what evening it is running – more smashing summer fun from Emma Cherrill and KiddiTennis.
A new look and feel to the KiddiTennis website! We will keep you posted with lots of updates from the world of Tennis and we’ll tell you what we have been up to. There will also be plenty of chances for us to tell you about our superstars – the children and their parents!
We are getting ready for an exciting summer of crazy tennis fun and activities to wear out the little people. Watch this space and our Facebook page for news of summer camps in August. We are also launching our KiddiTennis and KiddiActive Superstars Award Scheme, so if you take part in our after school clubs or our Tuesday Tots session, you’ll want to know all about it.
“KiddiTennis is smashing fun for kids. It gets them thinking and learning new skills. Everyone knows how good it feels to be fit and healthy….”