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Tennis For Free (TFF) is running free weekly sessions all over the UK and anyone over the age of 12 can take part. It’s a great way for kids to have fun during the school summer holidays while also learning a valuable new skill.
All kids 12 and over are welcome from those just looking to try it out, to those who would struggle to find the money to pay for lessons otherwise.
The registered charity operates inclusive tennis sessions for all ages and sections of the community at public parks for free.
These free lessons include mixed ability group games and drills managed by fully-trained professional coaches and supported by local volunteers.
The charity partners with other external organisations such as the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Active Partnerships, local councils and community groups to ensure attendees the communities who would benefit the most are involved.
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Although it’s a great excuse for kids to have fun, who knows what it could lead to?
An LTA licensed tennis coach who first attended free tennis lessons in his local area when he was just sixteen-years-old, says it has changed his life.
“Tennis For Free has somewhat shaped my life,” TFF Coach Pretpal Chagar said.
“I attended the scheme as a 16-year-old and was going through some mental health issues at the time.
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“I went to TFF almost every weekend, and now, seven years later, I’m an LTA Licensed tennis coach and help deliver the sessions at the very site that I was once an attendee of.
“Tennis coaching is also my career now and I love every minute of my work.”
How do I sign my kids up?
- Parents will need to go to tennisforfree.com and click on the box that says book a TFF session
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- Click on the link on the left hand side that says TFF parks (12 years +)
- Find the nearest participating park to you and then return to the homepage to sign up for an account
There are participating parks all over the UK and new ones are being added all the time.
This month, the charity has been able to bring free tennis lessons to Bournemouth, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and Bexhill in Kent.
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And it’s not just during the school summer holidays either.
The tennis charity runs lessons for all ages throughout the year so it’s worth signing up to the newletter to keep up-to-date with their announcements.
It’s a great initiative that encourages kids to try a new activity that they might just learn to love.
Who knows, it could be responsible for training the next Serena Williams or Andy Murray.