Recently 7yo Mr G was offered free tennis lessons from the Lawn Tennis Association.
‘You Cannot Be Serious?’ was my first thought, as tennis, Mr G and I have an on-off relationship…
I have a confession. I just don’t get tennis. I remember my Dad watching it and making loud noises at the telly. I never knew what the fuss was about. Why on earth would you get excited about going to Wimbledon? Whacking a ball back and forth. Too many rules, and dare I say it, it always seemed like a game for ‘posh’ people.
But when I look back, at school I actually really enjoyed tennis. It was a good laugh, about year 9 time I think. Playing my best mates on the tennis courts before school started, the heat rising with the promise of a scorching 90s summer day. It was a relief to finally be doing sport at school that didn’t involve being on a team. Then there was hitting the ball endlessly against the garage wall at home after school, it was so therapeutic. I think if you could play tennis without an opponent I would probably be more for it. Although a few years later, playing tennis in the local park with an ex boyfriend changed my feelings about that, he always won, but it was fun getting annihilated.
Fast forward 20 years. I have 2 kids and live in a suburban area. All the kids seemed to be having tennis lessons, it all seems so middle class, so I have tried to ignore it.
Then my eldest decided she wanted lessons, so Mr G, who is prone to distracting her, and I went to the pub next door while she played. She really enjoyed it, the teachers were great, the lessons were fun and she lasted a good few terms before she moved on to drama club – I figure she will always have that experience of tennis as something to come back to.
Mr G one day decided he would also like to have a go at lessons, but it was clear, like his mum, he struggled with all the discipline, the rules, the opponents. John McEnroe eat your heart out, luckily we left before any rackets got smashed.
But he is a little older now, and so when I asked him if he would like to try some free tennis lessons, he surprised me and said ‘Yes please Mum.’
Britmums and The Lawn Tennis Association have assured me tennis is for everyone, and made it really clear what we can expect.
Tennis is for everyone
The #TennisForKids project is all about promoting the fun and enjoyment of learning tennis. This campaign is about regular kids and families, even those who aren’t very sporty, getting involved with the game and learning to enjoy the moment of hitting a ball across the net or just chasing lobs around the court. Tennis is for everyone!
So I will be leaving my prejudices about tennis at the door and looking forward to seeing how he gets on. I will watch and report back, smile from the sidelines and not hide in the pub this time. Who knows, reading up on the course, I may even be joining G to pick up a racquet on court! Let’s hope it brings back that happy feeling of 90s summers gone by.
Because, actually, I would love my kids to have that lazy happy summer tennis feeling.
Time to repair those broken tennis strings…literally and metaphorically.
Free Tennis Lessons
Tennis For Kids is a free 6-week coaching course packed full of action packed games and activities designed as the perfect introduction to tennis for kids aged 5-8.
You can expect:
- A free 6 week course with a qualified LTA coach
- A free racket to keep forever if you attend regularly
- An opportunity for parents to get involved
- An opportunity to keep playing at the venue after the course
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. Be quick, the free places are limited.