FREE Tennis For Kids courses: how to get your child a place

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How would you like your child to get 6 weeks of professional tennis coaching AND a child’s tennis racket – for free?

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Well, if your child is aged 5 to 8, you’re in luck!

Tennis for Kids 2017, a nationwide scheme run by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), is launching today, Tuesday April 4th – and, if you act pretty quickly (places go fast!), you can sign up your child for a course at a venue near you.

What is Tennis for Kids 2017?

Tennis for Kids is a huge grassroots initiative to get children to pick up a racket and play tennis for the first time.

Organised by the LTA (the governing body for tennis in Britain), in partnership with Highland Spring, it’s a FREE 6-week tennis course for children age 5 to 8. 

It’s running at hundreds of venues all over the UK from April 22nd (dates vary from venue to venue) and there are 20,000 free spaces available for 5-8 year olds looking to try tennis for the first time.

What will my child get if I book a place?

Kids booked onto the course will receive a free racket and 6 coaching sessions, led one or more of the 1000 tennis coaches who were specially trained for the programme by David Cup captain Leon Smith, former GB no 1s Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft, and 2016 Wimbledon wheelchair doubles champion Alfie Hewett.

The focus is very much on fun, so your child will get plenty of exercise, improve their hand-eye co-ordination, learn all about teamwork, and pick up some great tennis skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

And, yes, of course, the LTA would love it if, through Tennis for Kids 2017, they discovered the next Andy Murray or Johanna Konta but that really isn’t the main focus of the initiative.

As Annabel Croft says, “Tennis for Kids isn’t really about finding more Andy Murrays. When kids pick up a paintbrush, it’s not because they want to be Picasso. They do it because painting is fun. That’s what Tennis for Kids is about: making tennis accessible and fun.”

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If you’d like book your child a place, you can find all the info you need here.

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