A 16-week campaign has been launched in Eastbourne to encourage more people to play tennis.
Eastbourne Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have joined forces with selected tennis clubs and coaches to deliver the Get Into Tennis programme, offering free lessons and discounted memberships this summer.
Sessions for children and adults of all abilities are being run at venues across the town, and there are also courses for people with disabilities. Participating venues include Hampden Park Tennis Club, Hampden Park Public Courts, Tennis in the Park (Gildredge Park), Meads Tennis Club, Fisherman’s Green, David Lloyd Eastbourne, Eastbourne Sports Park and Devonshire Park.
Schools are also taking part in Get into Tennis by holding tennis assemblies and coaching sessions throughout the summer. The £7,500 campaign was launched last week as the town prepares to host one of the major events on the UK tennis calendar, the Aegon International at Devonshire Park from June 14 to 21.
Councillor David Tutt, leader of the council, added, “Eastbourne is well-known for its commitment to tennis with fans flocking to the Aegon International every year, so we are delighted to make the sport more accessible to people who live here.”
For more information visit www.get-into-tennis.com