People of all ages will have the chance to pick up a racket at the event which takes place at Attingham, near Shrewsbury, on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15. It will serve as an ideal and fun introduction to the sport through equipment supplied by the Tennis Factory.
Chris Hinks, chairman of Tennis Shropshire, said it promised to be an exciting weekend which he hopes will persuade more people to give tennis a go. He is delighted to have joined forces with both the National Trust and the Tennis Factory in promoting the event.
He said: “We are working in conjunction with Tennis Factory who are bringing their fun equipment along. People have this idea that tennis is about serving balls at 100 miles an hour and that you spend most of the time at a coaching hour picking balls up, but tennis has changed a lot over the years.
“The Tennis in the Park weekend will be about playing with low compression balls through hoops, over short nets, things like that, so everyone can take part. It’s great for mums and dads to have a go with their children. It’s great for all age groups, all abilities.
“The Shrewsbury Wheelchair Group are coming along and supporting us as well so it will be an exciting event and we’re hoping to tap into a big audience over the weekend.
“It’s all about taking the product to the market place and getting people to give tennis a go. Then hopefully some of them will go along to a local club and take up the sport in the future.
“Daniel Kawzynski, our local MP, is coming along to lend his support and the LTA are coming up en masse from London because they’re excited about it. If this works they want to hopefully roll this out nationally into other areas.”
Volunteers from many local tennis clubs will be at Attingham for both days of the Tennis in the Park event while two larger than life mascots, Alfie and Susie, will be directing visitors to the tennis attractions which will be situated in the middle of the popular play area.
Lucy Newbury, Sport Development Officer at Attingham Park, added she is looking forward to a busy weekend.
She said: “The Tennis Factory was a huge hit at our recent Game On sports festival, and we’re really excited to have a whole weekend of tennis on offer. You don’t need any experience and it’s a great, fun way to either get to grips with the basics or really hone your skills.”
Normal admission prices to Attingham Park will apply with entrance free to National Trust members. There will be no additional cost to have a go at any of the tennis activities which will run from 10am through to 4pm on both days.
Tennis Shropshire is promoting a number of new and exciting initiatives to attract newcomers to the sport this year.
They are involved in running four Great British Tennis weekends while they will also hold Tennis in the Square events in a number of towns around the county.