Tennis clubs, parks, and even shopping centres across Wales are among the venues offering free tennis as part of the Great British Tennis Weekends to encourage people of all ages and abilities to try the sport.
The weekends, which continue on June 21-22, are being supported by Tennis Wales and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to encourage people to try out activities such as Cardio Tennis, Mini Tennis, receive tennis coaching or simply just turn up and play with their friends and family – all completely free.
The first Great British Tennis Weekend swung into Cardiff with thousands of people taking to the courts for free tennis activities across the whole weekend.
The next three Great British Tennis Weekends across June and July will see even more individuals and families attending free events in parks and clubs across the country.
The first of the weekends saw parks and clubs offering free opportunities to pick up a racket as tennis fever truly began to grip the nation in the lead up to The Championships, Wimbledon.
Venues provided rackets and balls, enabling those that attended and had never tried playing tennis before to get involved straight away and not be limited by their ability, age or experience.
The remaining ‘Great British Tennis Weekends’ are:
Among the towns and cities where events are taking place are: Cardiff, Newport, Llanelli, Montgomery, Swansea, Caerphilly, Usk, Ruthin, Wrexham, Cowbridge, Buckley, Boughton, Penarth, Rhos-On-Sea, Barry, Holywell, and Colwyn Bay.
To find an event near you, visit: www.greatbritishtennisweekend.com
Tennis Wales Regional Participation Manager Simon Clarke said: “It’s great to see people getting behind this fun, community-driven initiative. At venues throughout Wales, we saw a real mix of local residents, family members and people of all ages and abilities getting on to the courts, picking up a racket and trying their hand at our range of free tennis activities. With so many park sites and clubs running more Great British Tennis Weekends through June and July, I hope even more families grab the opportunity to take part in these fantastic events and ready themselves for what is set to be South Wales’s biggest ever summer of tennis.”