Families were invited to play tennis for FREE at Totally Tennis on Sunday 17th July at Stratton Park as part of this year’s Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW). Along with other tennis centres across the country, the club offered free tennis and coaching for people of all ages and abilities, the perfect day out for family and friends. The sessions at Stratton Park followed on from the first event held at the War Memorial Park back in May.
The GBTW scheme is designed to get people outdoors and trying tennis for free this summer at various locations countrywide on three summer weekends. Thousands of free events took place across the country for the whole family offering players the chance to experience Highland Spring Mini Tennis, Cardio Tennis, coaching and relaxed free play.
As part of the Totally Tennis Community Tennis Programme Jill Gibson represented the club at the Futures Fair held at Dove House to promote Tennis for children with Disabilities.
The Futures Fair is an event for people with learning disabilities or difficulties and their families to explore the services and organisations within their local community. As well as providing information and support, the event aims to showcase all the organisations and charities that currently provide services such as; education and training, clubs or facilities, housing, care and advice to people with learning disabilities, as well as offer on the spot advice on employment and benefits.
Totally Tennis offers sessions specifically designed for players with a disability and Gibson showed that there are many aids to help children learn to play tennis whatever their ability. The weekly disability sessions run at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park are as follows:
Sundays 11am – 12 noon Coaching for players with Down’s Syndrome
This session is run as a course during term time in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Active team and teaches the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.
Sundays 3pm – 4pm Coaching for players with disabilities
This session for players with disabilities is aimed at developing their tennis skills whatever their ability. Modified equipment is used in fun games and drills to aid their learning.