It’s time to dish up the strawberries and cream and dig out the racket that’s been gathering dust in the loft, as a new programme of low-cost tennis coaching is launched at parks across Sheffield.
The coaching is aimed at both beginners and past players who want to get back into the swing on court.
The summertime project, being organised in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will run from the week commencing Monday 29 June through to the end of September.
Sessions will take place at six parks across Sheffield – High Hazels, Hillsborough, Concord, Graves, Weston and Millhouses – spanning communities across the city from north to south, east and west.
Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Tennis is a much-loved part of the British summertime but, for many of us, it’s more been associated with watching Wimbledon and cheering on the likes of Andy Murray and Sheffield’s own Jonny Marray than personally taking to the courts.
“I hope that our new partnership with the LTA will change that and inspire people to have a go at tennis themselves in their local park.
“For the first time, they can pre-book a court online to play with friends and family, take part in low cost coaching (just £3 for juniors and £4 for adults) or join a social tennis session along with other players looking for a game
“The programme comes on the back of new Council investment in courts at Hillsborough and High Hazels Parks which will open for business during the summer.
“By investing in tennis courts across Sheffield, we hope that people from all of the city’s diverse communities will bring their friends and families along and give it a try. Who knows, the scheme might inspire the next Wimbledon champion.”
Throughout the summer programme of tennis, there will be:
- Coaching with qualified tennis coaches for juniors and adults, beginners and improvers, starting from 29th June as Wimbledon gets underway
- Social tennis sessions for those looking for recreational games, with organisers matching up players and pairs and providing equipment
- A new booking system for all six parks, available at www.parkstennis.co.uk/sheffield, where players can reserve a court in advance and have the reassurance that it will be free when they arrive to play.
Funding for the programme has come from bodies including the LTA, Places for People Leisure, Premier Tennis and Sheffield City Council.
Michael Downey, chief executive of the LTA, said: “This summer we hope to get everybody in Sheffield out onto court, and keep them coming back with this fantastic programme of tennis throughout the city.
“The LTA is committed to getting more people playing tennis more often and we can only do this in partnership with local authorities and delivery partners.
“We have invested over £850,000 into facilities in Sheffield and working with our friends in Sheffield City Council and delivery partners, Places for People and Premier Tennis we have created a great programme of tennis throughout the city offering an opportunity for everyone, no matter what their ability to play tennis this summer.”
For further information on the scheme, or to learn how to take part in the summer of activities, visit www.parkstennis.co.uk/Sheffield
A Great British Tennis Weekend will run at Hillsborough Park on Saturday, 13 June from 12noon to 4pm.
The event allows people to enjoy tennis for free at venues across the country and Hillsborough Park, with its four recently-resurfaced courts, is opening its gates for anyone who would like to try their hand at this great sport.
Maybe you’ve enjoyed watching tennis on TV, have never had the chance to try it and wondered what it’s like? Perhaps you’re thinking of playing again after many years off court, your kids are learning at school and you’d like to try some family tennis together? Well, the Great British Tennis Weekend is for you.
You don’t need any rackets or balls – Hillsborough Park has all the equipment, coaches and freebies to ensure everyone will have fun and enjoy their taste of tennis.
With mini tennis, junior coaching, adult and family sessions, cardio tennis fitness sessions and more, Hillsborough Park is the place to be to try tennis for free.