Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Tennis in the Park serves up lots of fun

The first Tennis in the Park event has been hailed as a major success as Tennis Shropshire officials now begin to look forward to the second Great British Tennis Weekend of the year.

Charlie Dunn, 3, receives some advice from coach Stephanie Davies during the Tennis in the Park event at Attingham Park.

Charlie Dunn, 3, receives some advice from coach Stephanie Davies during the Tennis in the Park event at Attingham Park.

Many families took the opportunity to introduce children to tennis during a fun-filled weekend at Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, with hundreds of youngsters encouraged to pick up a racket.

There were lots of happy faces as visitors of all ages were invited to give tennis a go and take part in a number of fun challenges using equipment supplied by the Tennis Factory under the direction of volunteers and coaches from local clubs.

Chris Hinks, chairman of Tennis Shropshire, said the event which attracted distinguished guests from the Lawn Tennis Association based in London and was staged in conjunction with the National Trust proved to be a popular attraction at Attingham.

He added: “We were very pleased how it all went with Sunday busier than the Saturday with good numbers coming along to join in the fun.

“It was a great family event which attracted lots of young people and also their parents who enjoyed using the fun Tennis Factory equipment.

“We are certainly going to repeat the event next year and the response from the LTA officials was very encouraging. They are now keen to roll out events of this nature nationally.

“Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers from the many local clubs who generously gave their time and supported Tennis in the Park.”

Attention now turns towards the second of four Great British Tennis Weekends this year with a number of county venues throwing open their doors on either Saturday or Sunday.

Hundreds of clubs around the country have signed up for the exciting initiative and it’s all completely free as part of the LTA and Tennis Foundation’s drive to get more people playing more often.

Shropshire venues hosting free tennis on Saturday are Baschurch Tennis Club, The Shrewsbury Club, Ludlow Castle Tennis Club, Albrighton Tennis Club and Cound & District Tennis Club.

Cound and Albrighton are also taking part in the initiative on Sunday while Newport’s Boughey Gardens Tennis Club will also be involved.

Visit the website for full details where you will also have the chance to book a free taster session at your local club and see what time slots are available.

Venues will provide rackets and balls, with players of all ages and abilities welcome to take part.

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