Last year I was very keen to sign my son up to the Lawn Tennis Association's #TennisForKids campaign in its inaugural year. He was fortunate to have one of the 10,000 spaces available throughout the UK and received six free sessions learning some basic skills and having a brilliant time. At the end of the six sessions, he was able to take home the racket that he'd been learning with in order to continue to play. The campaign was a roaring success for us, free taster sessions and a free racket to see if tennis was 'his thing'.
It turned out that tennis was very much to his taste as he continued playing tennis after the sessions ended in June, attending the Saturday morning sessions until the end of November and even going on some Summer camp days during the holidays. We've recently signed him up as a junior member of our local LTA club and he starts proper lessons in the first week back after the Easter holidays; those six free sessions have really started him off with a passion for the sport.
Not only is he developing his physical fitness in a fun way, but the sociability that comes from playing tennis is one that I hadn't imagined before. During the sessions the children were all very friendly with each other, and I found myself chatting to a lot of the parents as well. It transpires that many of his classmates are members of the tennis club and he is able to develop friendships outside of school that wouldn't necessarily be nurtured in the educational setting.
Tennis is giving him more than I thought possible!
The LTA recently contacted us and asked if my son would like to share his experiences of playing tennis in a short video, I think he explains the reason he loves the sport far more than I can!
There are 20,000 spaces available throughout the UK for children aged 5-8 years old. Sign up opened on the 4th April and lessons start soon so pop over the LTA site, type in your postcode and search for nearby lessons.
I have to share some of the 'behind the scenes' photos, it makes me chuckle to see all that filming and sound equipment used to record my little boy sat reading Harry Potter and cuddling Oliver Monkey!
I’m working with the Lawn Tennis Association and BritMums in a paid relationship, highlighting the #TennisforKids programme and the FREE tennis lessons for children available at local tennis clubs across the UK. Find out more here.