Advantage Merton as council welcomes Tennis for Free

Merton Council is getting set to host another ‘Tennis for Free’ at its courts in Tamworth Recreation Ground which officially launches on Saturday 7 March, following the success of the current scheme at Joseph Hood Recreation Ground.

All are welcome to take advantage of the expert free tennis coaching between 1pm and 3pm. Comedian and local tennis fanatic, Tony Hawks, and six lawn tennis association-qualified coaches will be on hand to offer training and tips on technique and all the racquets and balls will be free to use.

Every Saturday between 1pm and 3pm, residents of any age and any standard will be able to enjoy free tennis tuition and kit at Tamworth Recreation Ground. Free tennis has been made possible through a partnership between Merton Council, which is offering free use of its courts, Tennis for Free, Sport England and private sector sponsorship.

California Raisins, supporters of Tennis for Free will also be at Tamworth Recreation Ground with their new incentive ‘Tennis for Fun’ which rewards those who play tennis regularly at Tennis for Free courts.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community services, Councillor Maurice Groves said: “As home to the most famous tennis championships in the world this is wonderful news for Merton residents. Working in partnership with Tennis for Free means that we can now provide free coaching for everyone. It’s all about participation. I would like to see families enjoying tennis together with adults on the court as well as the youngsters. We want to encourage people to take up healthy hobbies and maybe discover a sporting talent they never knew they had. Someone taking advantage of our new, free coaching here might one day be a winning player at Wimbledon.”

Paul Jessop from Tennis for Free said, “We’re all excited at Tennis For Free to be launching our second site in the London Borough of Merton. The initial site at Joseph Hood has been a great success and has enabled a thriving tennis community to develop there. We hope we can replicate this achievement at the new Tamworth Farm Recreation Ground site.”