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#TennisForKids: sign up for free tennis lessons this summer

#TennisForKids

Do you have a child aged 5-8, who’d like to learn to play tennis this summer? The Lawn Tennis Association’s #TennisForKids scheme is offering six weeks of free lessons to 10,000 children in May and June, through 1000 specially recruited coaches. The children even get a free tennis racket at the end of the course, as a reward for learning.

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This sounded like a great deal to us, and I’ve already signed up my two youngsters. I fell in love with tennis on a holiday on Rhodes back in 2014. Even though my racket skills left a lot to be desired, I loved the way tennis is so sociable. You can begin at any level, with the whole family learning to play together as its younger members grow up.

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I’ve been dying to get the kids into lessons, so when BritMums invited me and Austin to the Davis Cup a month ago, to watch the Murray brothers play Japan, meet Annabel Croft, and find out about the #TennisForKids campaign, I was thrilled.

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As well as Annabel Croft and the LTA crew, we spent the day with a fabulous, go-for-it gang selected by BritMums: Vicki from Honest Mum, Becky from Baby Budgeting, Nadine from JuggleMum, Jen from Jenography, Jon from DadblogUK and The Boy and Me

It was an action-packed day. I made a video, showing our highlights:

To give the children a taste of what will be in store for them when the tennis lessons start, Annabel Croft coached them through some warm-up exercises.

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And then, there was the Davis Cup doubles match, which was both mine and Austin’s first ever live tennis match. I’ll be posting about that separately soon. Austin was gripped through the whole thing – no mean feat for a six year-old.

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It was inspiring to meet Annabel Croft. As well as talking about girls in tennis (you can see what she said in my video), she also told us:

tennis is a sport for life, and you can start at any age (reassuring for the 40-something women in the room, including me!)

the game can bring the family together, unlike many other sports. As Annabel pointed out, she can’t go out onto the rugby pitch with her son, but they can enjoy a game of tennis together.

if children grow to love the sport early on, it can be something they keep with them for life.

tennis is a beautiful sport, which is almost like dancing to watch. Every player creates his or her own choreography.

As a group of children and parents who don’t play tennis much (or at all in some cases), Annabel was a good player for BritMums and the LTA to introduce us to. From starting out with 50p tennis lessons at the age of nine, she rose to play Wimbledon at the tender age of 15. But she went on to use her tennis career to springboard her into other professions, including being a Mum who has to juggle childcare with work.

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Annabel is living proof that a love of tennis doesn’t just have to mean striving to reach a professional level. In fact, she pointed out that such a high level of competitiveness isn’t right for most people. But tennis is a great way to make friends and create bonds, and there’s always something new to learn, whatever your level.

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I’m excited to see how my children take to the sport when they start their lessons. Stay tuned for another post in May, to update you on their progress!

This post was part of the #TennisForKids campaign with BritMums, sponsored by the Lawn Tennis Association in partnership with Highland Spring. #TennisForKids is over now, but you can find out more about the work the Lawn Tennis Association does with children here. Here’s the LTA promotional video:

29 Comments

  • angela hamilton
    April 11, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I will need to look into seeing if they have an activity like this near us for my son as he loves trying new sports.

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    • Nell
      April 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      They’re all over the country – just follow the link in my post, type in your postcode and see if there are any near you. Hope your son manages to get signed up!

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  • Niki - Play & Learn Every Day
    April 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, I had no idea! I’ll definitely be looking into this when the kids are a bit older πŸ™‚

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    • Nell
      April 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      It’s great, isn’t it? Tennis lessons can be pricey, so this is a great option.

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  • Honest Mum
    April 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Super post and round-up of the day, love all these shots and the fact you discovered your love for tennis on holiday. Such an amazing day x

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Wasn’t it just? xx

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  • Izzie Anderton
    April 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    What a great initiative for getting children interested in tennis. Thanks for sharing your experiences Nell x

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

      It’s a pleasure!

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  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    April 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    What a wonderful post this is advertising a great sounding day and the availability of the free lessons. I bet kids up and down the country will want to take part.

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Yes, it really is a great scheme.

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  • oana79
    April 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Brilliant experience, Nell, to be in such company and such amazing initiative! Unfortunately, Northern Ireland is not included in the program, such a shame, would have loved for Emma to be part of this since she has expressed an interest in tennis this term.xx

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  • Kara Guppy
    April 12, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Looks like you had a fun session – I have booked my two on

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Ah, brilliant news!

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  • JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
    April 12, 2016 at 9:36 am

    It was a brilliant day and so much fun to meet Annabel who was lovely. I can’t wait to hear how your kids get on with their new tennis lessons. I hope they love them!

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Wasn’t she nice? Not at all super-starry.

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  • Cass@frugalfamily
    April 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    We love playing tennis at our local park but we could definitely do with some lessons as we’re not even remotely good at it πŸ˜‰

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Me neither! I still enjoy it though, even though I’m rubbish.

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  • Jen
    April 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    My boys are too old for this, plus there isn’t anything close to us. Both of the boys have their own racket and we play in the park, but they can often be found outside playing in the street

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

      It’s so easy to have a knock-around, isn’t it?

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  • John Adams
    April 13, 2016 at 6:44 am

    It was a realpleasure to meet you Nell. Helen and I had such an amazing time and she is really keen to take up ths port now. I hope the #tennisforkids campaign is a mega sucess!

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

      It was great to meet you too. I’m sure the campaign will help plenty of children into the sport, who wouldn’t otherwise start playing…

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  • Nichola - Globalmouse
    April 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    This is brilliant and I’m checking it out right now to sign my oldest two up. Thank you!!

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    • Nell
      April 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Brilliant! Hope they enjoy it – I’m sure mine will.

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  • Penny A Residence
    April 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Oh Nell this all looks like so much fun! Wicked pics – my son starts today πŸ™‚

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    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Brilliant-hope he’s having a fantastic experience!

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  • Liska @NewMumOnline
    April 21, 2016 at 11:26 am

    What a fab initiative and getting the free racket at the end is awesome. Your photography is superb xx

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  • Charly Dove
    April 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Oh this sounds like it was awesome. We’re massive tennis fans here so I probably would have been asking Annabel six million questions. Funnily enough when I think of her, I think of Carole Smilie and the pant company they have! Poppy started her tennis course today and had such a good. Bit drizzly but great all the same x

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    • Nell
      April 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      I’m glad she enjoyed it. We’re starting ours in a couple of weeks – bet it’ll be fun.

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  • Daria
    October 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Great! The photos and the videos are so fabulous and I like them. Both my kids have started tennis when they were about 5 and they absolutely love it! So as parent we are supporting and playing with them as teams to encourage them.

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