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.
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.
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!
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.
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