National Charity Serves Up Free Tennis In Derby
Wed 19 Sep 2018
National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Derby by investing in a year-long programme of free tennis sessions hoping hundreds of people across the area can make a racquet on the tennis courts at Markeaton Park tennis courts.
In an exciting partnership with Derby City Council Tennis For Free will help provide free coach-led tennis sessions for all the family every Sunday morning between 10-11am starting Sunday 23 September. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need a racquet or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge. Sign up for Tennis For Free Markeaton now at www.tennisforfree.com
Local tennis coach and lead site organiser Alex Roome said: "We are all very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to Markeaton. It is a fantastic opportunity for all members of the local community to get into the spirit of trying tennis for either the first time or to dust off the cobwebs and try again. You can bring your own racquet if you wish, but don’t worry all equipment is provided and as the name suggests, everything is free!”
Tennis For Free is a registered charity and aims to provide healthy, vibrant local tennis communities for free on public park tennis courts creating new tennis players of all ages and backgrounds and showing that tennis can be enjoyed by all.
Tennis For Free CEO Paul Jessop said: “Markeaton is our first scheme in Derbyshire and so we are thrilled that this is one of many sites we are opening across the Midlands in 2018 and 2019 and is one of hundreds more schemes we are planning within the next five years across the whole of the UK. All our sessions are very well suited to the whole family coming down and all playing tennis at the same time. There are no catches, all equipment is provided…as it says it’s free.”
Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “This is a fantastic initiative, giving people a brilliant opportunity and the support to play free tennis in one of the region’s most popular parks. It’s an example of Markeaton Park being successfully developed as a great destination.”
Tennis For Free has plans to bring more than 175,000 new tennis players, 2,000 coaches and 5,000 volunteers into the sport over the next five years. The charity, which runs free community tennis sessions at public parks across the UK, is working with several partners to bring the opportunity to play the game to as many hard to reach communities as possible, benefiting those with limited access to sport, enhancing physical and mental well-being and re-energising people of all ages. The new partnerships will boost the network of free tennis schemes by hundreds nationwide, launching in Wales and Northern Ireland as well as increasing its sites in England and Scotland, making it a truly national community led programme.
Tennis For Free (TFF), which works with local authorities and tennis clubs up and down the country, currently funds around 200 professional tennis coaches who are supported by volunteers to offer weekly sessions to people of all ages and backgrounds at its 80 sites. Everything is free for participants - equipment is provided and there are no court hire costs. It will also bring more people, especially from disadvantaged communities, into physical activity and reinvigorate under-used local parks.