Sign up for free tennis lessons this summer #TennisForKids

I absolutely love tennis for so many reasons and I firmly believe it is a sport for everyone. Let me tell you our tennis story and about how you can get free tennis lessons for your kids.

My history with tennis

I was not from a wealthy family, we grew up with no phone or car and we rented a tiny little terraced house in the Midlands with a little concrete backyard. I never had music or private sports lessons as at the time it was seen as something just rich kids did. I did play tennis for hours and hours and hours for 50p on the local park.

How I loved tennis.

I loved that you always got a go and there was no sitting about like there can be at rounders or cricket. I loved that whatever your level you could still have a bit of a game with someone at the same level , unlike footie where you need a whole team. I loved how tense and competitive it could be  but also how artistic and graceful. I knew tennis was the sport for me.

How it encouraged my shy child

When I had kids I didn’t expect them to be hugely sporty in terms of skill (I’m not and neither is my other half) but what I lack in skill I make up for in enthusiasm and my kids are the same. But Annalise my daughter was shy too and not being the most sporty of kids did not want to put herself forward.

When she was about 5 we joined some lessons at a tennis club near us. I was a tad nervous (my view of tennis clubs was that they are for posh people) but I really didn’t need to be. The club was full of warm friendly people of all sorts of ages really keen to encourage a love of tennis in the next generation.  We have paid just £3-5 a lesson over the years and she has leaned so much.

"BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Tennis for Kids with Annabel Croft during day two of the Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Great Britain and Japan at Barclaycard Arena on March 5, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA)"

Annalise has ball control skills, stamina, focus, her fitness has increased and she has a great positive attitude. But the most important things she has learned is to have some confidence. She now relaise that even if a sport doesn’t come naturally with lots of practice you can learn a great skill that will bring you huge amount of fun. She always smiles when she pick s up her tennis racket and  has made some lovely friends too. It has been brilliant for her.

Tennis really is for everyone .

Annalise and Annabel

Recently Annalise was lucky enough to experience a coaching lesson form the wonderful Annabel Croft. Take look what she did to her!

 

So funny. Annabel was such a great ambassador for her sport encouraging and enthusiastic, such a good role model for a young girl to have, fit, skilled and motivated.

"BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Tennis for Kids with Annabel Croft during day two of the Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Great Britain and Japan at Barclaycard Arena on March 5, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA)"

How to get your free lesson

If you would like your child to have a go at tennis then #TennisForKids is just perfect.

The lawn tennis association are offering free tennis lessons for all kids this summer and I couldn’t encourage you enough to give this a go. To sign up you simply go to https://www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids  Do give it a go  it is the best of sports!

 

Here’s Lise and her fabulous coach Nick having loads of fun playing tennis and being a bit daft!

Lise and Nic

Tennis is all about fitness, excitement and fun and its a fabulous family game too. I love to play against my kids and it’s a sport they can play all their lives pretty much anywhere they go.

me and Lisie

 

This post is part of the #TennisForKids campaign with Britmums, sponsored by the lawn tennis Association in partnership with Highland Spring You can sign up now for LTA’s free tennis lessons for your child. Find out more here https://www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids

 

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5 Comments

  1. April 6, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I love your action shot of Annalise at the top! Look at that concentration as she goes for the ball!
    It was a brilliant day and a super campaign to be part of – just think in 15 more years when the kids who signed up now for these lessons are playing at the Davis Cup, we will be able to say “We helped make that happen with our blog posts!”
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  2. April 13, 2016 / 6:52 am

    It was wonderful to meet you and Annalise on the day. So interesting to hear of your background with the sport and delighted to see the younger generation showing the same enthusiasm!

  3. Honest Mum
    April 18, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Wonderful to see Annalise loves her tennis lessons and the one on the day with Annabel- (she has amazing ball control and skill). It was so great to hang out together, so much fun x

  4. April 19, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I love your energy for tennis, it really makes me feel like I might be missing out! Mr G starts today – watch out world ha ha! Love that pic of A and how much she has loved it too
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