The fun way of introducing kids to tennis

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Here’s my Helen, having a fantastic time getting some tennis coaching from for Wimbledon Junior Champion Annabel Croft. We’re just in the process of arranging for her to have some lessons with the Lawn Tennis Association as part of its #tennisforkids campaign.

As a kid, I played some tennis. In fact as a teenager, my family had collective lessons for a short while; mother, stepfather and I on the tennis court together (my brothers being too young).

Alas, I put down my tennis racket at about the age of 14 and have barely touched one since. Regular readers of the blog, however, will know that a few weeks ago I went to a Davis Cup match in Birmingham with my daughter Helen and several other BritMums bloggers and their families.

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Dad and daughter on the court together.

We were guests of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which was launching a new campaign in conjunction with mineral water producer Highland Spring. Called #tennisforkids, the aim is to provide free tennis lessons for kids across the UK in May and June. If you’re interested, you can sign up by following this link.

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To learn more more about the #tennisforkids campaign, watch this video;

I really would encourage you to sign up if you can.  I was stunned when I saw how inspiring Helen found her session in Birmingham. She’s been talking about it ever since and we’re in the process of firming up when her #tennisforkids lessons will take place.

The day itself got off to a fantastic start when former Junior Wimbledon champion Annabel Croft gave all the children a coaching session. I have to say that Annabel was brilliant with the kids. All of us bloggers were impressed by her approachable, down to earth style. She was quite clear about the aims of this campaign; just to get normal people playing tennis, even if they’ve never thought of playing before.

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Hanging out with Annabel Croft….as you do.

Us bloggers then got a few minutes to speak with Annabel before having lunch and going to the Barclaycard Arena for a doubles match between Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama representing Japan and Andy and Jamie Murray representing Great Britain.


Bloggers there on the day were; Nadine who writes the JuggleMum blog, Jen from Jenography, Vicki of Honest Mum, Nell, who writes Pigeon Pair and Me Becky from Baby Budgeting, and The Boy and Me. It was a great group of people and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Just look at the smiles on the faces below!

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Bloggers, children and Annabel Croft all marking the start of the Lawn Tennis Association and Highland Spring’s #tennisforkids campaign.

I couldn’t tell you when I last went to a tennis match, it was such a long time ago. Nothing, however, quite prepared me for the Davis Cup. There was music, there were pyrotechnics, there was audience participation. It was great fun and I came away feeling a Davis Cup match was a great way to introduce youngsters to the sport. Wimbledon, with its strict rules, would be a bit too much for a child of Helen’s age (seven). This, however, was perfect. It helped that the Murray Boys won.

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Andy Murray serves to Team Japan during the Davis Cup doubles match.

Fired up by all of this, Helen is incredibly keen to have some lessons. I’ll let you know how she gets on at a later date.

Did you play tennis when younger? Would you like to play tennis again now or encourage your children to do so? Have you any tennis stories of your own? If so, please do leave a comment below.

Disclosure; 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’sFREE tennis lessons for your child – find out more here www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkid

15 thoughts on “The fun way of introducing kids to tennis”

  1. Fab round-up John of an incredible day, looking forward to hearing how your daughter gets on with the tennis lessons, she and all the kids really enjoyed them!

    1. I’ll be sure to let you know Vicki! It was such a great day and Helen still talks about it. Just need her to have the lessons now.

  2. I wanted to sign N up for these, but he refused saying he only wanted to do one day. Then there’s only one place near us doing it so it’s now full. I put him on the waiting list just in case there’s room because he loves the tennis they do at school.

    I think it’s a great initiative, we just need more places for children to be able to play. There’s nowhere informal near us, you have to belong to a club and then that means not necessarily being able to get access to courts at times you’re available.

    1. That’s a shame you couldn’t get lessons straight away. I hope N gets a place and decides he wants to do it after all. The positive impact on Helen of that one session was staggering!

  3. It was fantastic to meet you and Helen. What a day! I do like the sound of your family lessons – I might see if there are any available near us once the kids have been through their LTA sessions. That’s what I love about tennis – the whole family can play together….

  4. What a great thing to have been part of. It’s great to have events like this that help promote sports with kids – we definitely can’t have enough of these. Although I was always crap at tennis – badminton was much more my game …

    1. It is a brilliant project and I’m delighted to be involved. Just waiting to sort out Helen’s lessons at the moment.

  5. My son starts his free lessons today, can’t wait to see how it goes, this looks so much fun as you say! He wasn;t keen on it last time, so we are hoping for a happy conversion!

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