Sports charity serves up free tennis in Wirral as part of a national programme to improve physical and mental wellbeing across Britain


National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’, with the support of the LTA, is serving up an ace for the local community, with the launch of free coach-led tennis sessions across Wirral, starting Saturday 2 October.

In an exciting partnership with the LTA and the local council, Tennis For Free will provide free sessions for families all year-round at New Ferry Park, Marine Park and Birkenhead Park. The simple aims are to get more people playing tennis and improve the physical and mental well-being of members of the local community.

Tennis For Free CEO Paul Jessop said: “Together with the LTA, we are helping to make tennis more accessible to more people by removing the cost barrier that some sections of the community face, so that the entire community can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially.

“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.”

Arron Woodward, who will lead the coaching at New Ferry Park said: “I am very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to New Ferry Park. It 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.  There is no catch, as the name suggests, everything is free.”

Stuart Maidment, LTA Parks Tennis Manager, said: “We are proud to partner with Tennis for Free and very excited about the launch of weekly tennis coaching sessions at New Ferry Park, Marine Park and Birkenhead Park. Our Vision is to open tennis up to many more people regardless of their age, gender, background, ability or disability and our partnership with TFF is helping to do this.

“Having high-quality, easy to access park facilities where you can play informally with your family and friends is really important to encourage new people to pick up a racket and play, and a key area of focus and investment for the LTA”

All you need to do is visit the Tennis For Free website here and search for the session you would like to join.

You can also follow Tennis For Free on Twitter and Facebook @tennisforfree