Harrison has only lately started to show an interest in sports, and whilst he will never be the sportiest kid on the planet, he loves going to his football club. He’s also recently been playing tennis at school in PE, and has come home full of it – it seems to be a sport he really enjoys. It’s one I’m particularly keen to encourage because the skills that are used can be used across many other sports.
Tennis, alongside sprinting, was the only sport I’ve ever enjoyed. I was lucky enough to go to a school which was right next to a big tennis centre. A lot of our PE lessons were spent there, and my friends and I used to hire a court for a few hours in the holidays. I was never particularly brilliant at it, but the free lessons that I once received really helped. It gave me the confidence to pick up a racket and spend time outside getting some exercise and learning new skills.
That’s why I am really excited about the free tennis sessions from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) for 5 – 8-year-olds. I’m looking at signing Harrison up at our local one. It’s a six-week coaching course packed full of fun games and activities and is the perfect introduction to the sport. It’s tailored to keep kids engaged, even if they’ve never picked up a racket before, includes games to help with their hand-eye coordination, softer balls for beginners and played on a smaller court. More importantly, it’s a lot of fun. At the end of the course, the kids will receive a free tennis racket to keep. There are 20, 000 places available across the country, and anyone can sign up their 5-8-year-olds through the Clubspark website.
Will you be signing up for these lessons?Let me know how you get on!
*I’m working in a paid relationship with the Lawn Tennis Association on their #TennisForKids Campaign. Sign up for your FREE tennis activity here.