Max is not a particularly sporty child and doesn’t often want to get involved in sports, despite our best efforts. So when he does show an interest, we try our very best to encourage it. He recently started asking about tennis after being introduced to it at school, and so it is something that we are now keen to get him into.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to buy him a kids racket and encouraged him to get outdoors and have a go with it. We had fun at the weekend practicing hitting the ball around on the garden, and very nearly smashing Grandad’s greenhouse, oops! I have to say that I could probably use a few lessons myself as I am actually worse at hitting a tennis ball than my six year old is! But we had great fun giving it a go, even if we did spend most of the time trying to rescue the ball from the bushes…
Free tennis sessions for kids
The Lawn Tennis Association are offering FREE #TennisForKids sessions this summer, and we’ve just signed up for our place. It’s a 6-week coaching course packed full of fun games and activities. It’s the perfect introduction to tennis for kids aged 5-8, and at the end of the sessions each child receives a free tennis racket that is theirs to keep!
The #TennisForKids programme is specially tailored to keeps kids engaged, even if they’ve never picked up a racket before. It includes ball games to help with hand-eye coordination, softer balls well-suited for beginners, playing on a more manageable mini tennis court and sessions are delivered by specially trained, fun, passionate coaches.
This is the second year that the LTA has run #TennisForKids sessions after reaching over 13,000 children last year. This year they are hoping to be even bigger than last time with an aim to get a whopping 20,000 kids to pick up a racket and give tennis a go.
I think that this is a brilliant way to get kids outdoors this summer and give them a taste of tennis, and for free! We can’t wait to get started with our sessions!
The LTA’s #TennisForKids lessons start from 22 April 2017, you can find your local participating club and sign up to sessions via the ClubSpark website here.
Do you think your children would enjoy these sessions? Let me know if you sign up and how you get on, I would love to know!
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