WITH the nation gripped by Wimbledon, national sports charity Tennis For Free has served up an ace for Rotherham by investing in a programme of free tennis sessions at Clifton Park.
Starting on Sunday, the exciting partnership with Rotherham Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association will provide free coach-led tennis sessions for all the family for one year as part of its aim to use tennis to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of all members of the community across the UK.
Clifton Park is one of several similar schemes in the North of England and sessions will run there every Sunday from 10am-11.30am.
Equipment is provided free of charge.
Lead scheme organiser Jake Walker said: "The Clifton Park tennis courts are brand new and the scheme is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to try tennis for either the first time, or to dust off the cobwebs after a time away from the sport.
"It's a fun, friendly and entertaining free weekly event where you'll make new friends and benefit from regular exercise."
Tennis For Free CEO Paul Jessop added: "We are changing the image of tennis to a sport for ALL by removing the cost barrier so that members of all communities can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially.
"Clifton Park is one of hundreds of schemes we are opening across the UK over the next five years as part of our plan to get more people playing this wonderful sport. We have created specially designed programmes to welcome families, the old and the young, of any ability and the beauty is that each session is led by qualified tennis coaches who will ensure people develop at their own pace."
Sign up for Tennis For Free at Clifton Park every Sunday from 10am-11.30am at www.tennisforfree.com
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