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Exeter Golf and Country Club’s tennis coaching team were on hand to introduce local school children to the sport to promote the LTA’s Tennis for Kids initiative. The event, held in Heavitree Park on Tuesday, was in partnership with the LTA and Exeter City Council.
James Temple, Head of Rackets at Exeter Golf and Country Club spoke to BBC Spotlight to explain why Tennis For Kids is so important in promoting tennis to children and getting them active.
Over 74,000 children across the country have taken part in Tennis for Kids since its inception in 2016. The introductory course offers fantastic value for money and takes place all year-round. Children who take part get their own kit with a special Tennis for Kids Babolat racket, ball set and personalised t-shirt all delivered directly to them for under £30. This is in addition to the 6 one-hour sessions led by an accredited LTA coach.
The Exeter Golf and Country Club tennis coaching team (with assistance from junior members Marcus Kay, James Fitzpatrick and Rio Turl) were joined by representatives from Exeter City Council and the LTA Head of South and South West Region Sharon Heeley, who said: ““Tennis is a great activity for all the family to enjoy together and Tennis for Kids is the perfect way for children to try the sport for the first time in a fun and positive way. We share the council’s vision to get more families active and Tennis for Kids together with a range of other low-cost and free tennis activities for all the family in the city can make a real difference.”
You can sign up for Tennis for Kids courses at Exeter Golf and Country Club throughout the Summer Holidays.
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There are also group tennis coaching sessions running throughout the first four weeks of the holidays at Exeter Golf and Country Club:
Monday-Wednesday (weeks commencing 29th July, 5th August, 12th August and 19th August):
9 and under: 10.00am-12.00pm, £10 per session
14 and under: 1.00pm-4.00pm, £15 per session
With the sun out and Wimbledon inspiring the nation, now is the time to get out on court.
Exeter Golf and Country Club’s Head of Rackets, James Temple, said. “Tennis for Kids has proved to be a really popular programme and provides a perfect opportunity for 4-11 year olds to get involved in tennis. Since it started, we’ve been able to introduce over 175 children to tennis and can’t wait to get more juniors involved in a sport that they can play for life”.
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