Tennis for Kids in partnership with Highland Spring
Together with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) we announced the launch of their biggest ever grass roots initiative, Tennis for Kids in partnership with Highland Spring, aiming to establish a genuine tennis participation legacy, following Great Britain’s historic Davis Cup by BNP Paribas win.
The initiative will offer a free six-week course led by 1,000 specially trained coaches, and 10,000 free rackets will be given away to children across the whole of Great Britain who complete the course which start from April and run until July.
As the courses are designed for children taking up tennis, the exercises focus on core skills such as agility, balance and co-ordination. Beyond the practical side of the sport, the sessions will be teaching children how to work with a partner, become a valuable member of a team and through our partnership with Highland Spring establish healthy hydration habits – all in a fun and relaxed environment.
With the Tennis for Kids initiative we want to inspire 10,000 children aged 5-8 to pick up a racket and play tennis for the first time. It will also establish greater accessibility into tennis, with a view to creating a new generation of tennis loving children. Furthermore, the courses will focus on fun, flexibility and getting active with parents encouraged to join for the final session.
To get involved in Tennis for Kids, you can simply sign your children up at your closest venue at: www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids
Annabel Croft, Former British No.1, comments: “As someone who has played tennis for decades, the Tennis for Kids initiative is extremely exciting as it offers children who are completely new to the sport, an easy way to start getting involved. It is also a lovely way to get parents in on the action, as they are actively encouraged to attend the final session. I really look forward to seeing everyone get involved across the country and hope the initiative truly inspires parents to sign up to get their kids playing more tennis.”
Michael Downey, LTA Chief Executive, adds: “We are delighted to launch Tennis for Kids. It is a fantastic way to introduce kids to tennis in a fun engaging environment that all the family can enjoy. After the momentous Davis Cup win last year, we wanted to ensure a legacy that focused on the younger generation and inspired them to get involved in a sport that they could continue to enjoy throughout their lives. We are really looking forward to seeing the thousands of sign-ups across the country and cannot wait to get Tennis for Kids off the ground.”
Les Montgomery, Chief Executive, Highland Spring, adds: “We’re passionate about encouraging as many families as possible to get active, adopt healthy hydration habits and have some fun. That’s why we’ve partnered with the LTA to help deliver this exciting Tennis for Kids initiative and we look forward to introducing 10,000 children to the game over the coming months.”
At the heart of the initiative is a commitment to encourage and inspire young people and their parents to take part in a sport that is sociable, accessible and affordable and can also be enjoyed throughout their lifetime.
To find out further information about Tennis for Kids in partnership with Highland Spring and the Davis Cup Legacy visit: www.lta.org.uk/daviscuplegacy