LOCAL YOUNGSTERS SET TO BENEFIT AS LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE MORE TENNIS FOR KIDS PLACES IN SUFFOLK
Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 09:35
More children than ever across Suffolk are getting the chance to take part in the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) hugely successful Tennis for Kids programme and pick up a tennis racket for the first time, thanks to an increase in the number of places available for children in the county.
The expansion will see more places made available for children in Suffolk on the six-session introductory tennis programmes, which are delivered by specially trained and accredited LTA coaches.
Across the region, nearly 12,000 children have enjoyed the programme to date and with recent research from UK Active indicating that children can lose 80% of their fitness during school holidays, Tennis for Kids provides the perfect opportunity for children to stay active and have fun on court. With 130 courses now available region-wide, over 1,000 children will be able to take part in the coming months.
Tennis for Kids is an introductory tennis programme aimed at four to 11-year-olds delivered over six sessions by specially trained and accredited LTA coaches. It is now in its third year, having 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 unprecedented take up for this year's programme, with over 24,000 sign ups nationwide so far this year. Parents are also encouraged to join in with the sessions and a number of them now play tennis having been inspired by their children.
Karen Highfield, Tennis for Kids coach said: "The Tennis for Kids programme has been so popular and it's great news that even more children will get the chance to take part in it with more courses and places being made available. As a coach it's an amazing feeling to be part of so many children's first experience of tennis. It has such a positive impact on those who take part and it's great when the parents also get involved."
John Golding Head of East Region at the LTA also commented: "Tennis for Kids is really thriving in Suffolk and shows just how popular the sport is amongst young people. It's brilliant that we can offer more courses across the county to get children in the area on court and active throughout the year."
The low-cost courses are priced at £25 and all children taking part will receive high-quality lessons developed by experts at the LTA, as well as a special Tennis for Kids Babolat racket, ball set and personalised t-shirt delivered to their door.
To find out more and get involved with the Tennis for Kids programme, please visit www.tennis-for-kids.co.uk