Thursday, 24 April 2014

FREE tennis!

Great British Tennis Weekend set for summer 2014

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has today announced four ‘Great British Tennis Weekends’ which will take place from May to July 2014. The weekends will see hundreds of parks and clubs up and down the country offer completely free opportunities to play the game as tennis fever grips the nation once again in the lead up to The Championships, Wimbledon.

People inspired to get on court will be able to take part in Cardio Tennis, Mini Tennis, disability tennis and tennis coaching – all completely free as part of the LTA and Tennis Foundation’s drive to get more people playing more often. The dates for the weekends are:

·         Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th May
·         Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd June
·         Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th June
·         Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th July

The 2014 Great British Tennis Weekends follow the success of last year’s one off Great British Tennis Weekend which saw over 7,500 people take to the courts of 39 venues on a single weekend.

LTA Chief Executive, Michael Downey, said: “We are really excited to be bringing Great British Tennis Weekend back this summer. Tennis in Britain has enjoyed some fantastic results during the last 12 months with the Davis Cup team reaching the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup and Andy having won Wimbledon last year. For us, it’s about capitalising on the interest in our sport, so that when people at home are inspired by what our players do on court, that we offer them an opportunity to get on court without barriers getting in the way. We have venues nationwide including park sites and clubs running their own Great British Tennis Weekends, and so there really is something for everyone. Most importantly, these weekends are going to be a lot of fun - that friends and families can enjoy together.”

Rob Dearing, LTA Head of Participation said: “The Great British Tennis Weekend events provide a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to try tennis for free. One of the great things about tennis is that you can play at any age, making it truly a sport for all the family. Parks and clubs across Britain are running events over the four weekends and there will be plenty of coaches and volunteers on hand to help. People told us last year that they really liked being able to book online in advance - we’ve made sure they can again this year at Venues will have rackets and balls available so there really is no excuse not to give tennis a go this summer.

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