Tennis taster session to net new interest

Southern Water's tennis taster event will hope to get more youngsters into the sport
Southern Water's tennis taster event will hope to get more youngsters into the sport

A SCHOOLS tennis taster event is being served up to mark the 2011 Aegon International tournament in Eastbourne next month.

Southern Water is sponsoring the project to encourage youngsters and their families to take up a racket.

Working with Tennis in the Park, a not-for-profit community club, Southern Water is funding coaches in schools to give pupils the chance to try tennis for themselves.

From June 6 until June 10, 10 primary schools will benefit from free coaching sessions, and for families who want to get involved there will be free community coaching at Gildredge Park in the evenings.

Francis Mackie from Tennis in the Park said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters who have never played tennis before to get involved.

“In Eastbourne we are very proud of our international tennis tournament.

“This is an excellent way to raise the event’s profile with the players of the future.”

Paul Davies, Southern Water’s director of IT, said, “Southern Water likes to back schemes that promote fitness and healthy living.

“As part of our sponsorship we will be supporting a Family Open Day at Gildredge Park, Eastbourne on June 12 with a chance to meet our team and find out more about the benefits of drinking water for health.”

It is the third year the town’s tournament has combined the men’s and the women’s pre Wimbledon events.

The prestigious Eastbourne trophy has been held by many greats including 11 times champion Martina Navratilova, who also received the Freedom of the Borough of Eastbourne in 2005 after announcing her final year at the tournament.

This year’s tournament runs from June 11-18.