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Love: Love free tennis lessons! #TennisForKids

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If you love having family fun for free, you’ll love the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) free tennis lessons programme this summer.

#TennisForKids is the campaign run by the LTA to help promote tennis as a viable sport for the UK’s children and to encourage our nation’s youngsters to pick up a racket and hit some balls! They have recruited 1000 new tennis coaches to deliver a 6 week programme in May and June and each child to attend the courses gets a free racket!

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L-R: Nell from Pigeon Pair & Me; Jen from Jenography & BritMums; Vicki from Honest Mum; John from Dad Blog UK; Nadine from JuggleMum

At my children’s schools, tennis is not currently an option available to the students looking to participate in a sport. The more run-of-the-mill offerings are football, cross country running, rugby and netball but the LTA is looking to change all this and encourage more youngsters into tennis with their #TennisForKids programme to get more kids hooked on the sport.

From today, parents across the country can sign up for free lessons for their children, so they can see if they might be able to follow in the footsteps of UK faves, the current UK #1 player Andy Murray or former pro British 1 female tennis player Annabel Croft.

Last month I actually spent the weekend with both, when we met Annabel Croft in Birmingham. She met me and six other BritMums bloggers at Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club to show our kids some moves and tell us about her involvement with the #TennisForKids campaign.

Here is a video of us interviewing her about her career and I put in some fun out-takes at the end!

Annabel was so down to earth and friendly – as a JuggleMum, I was keen to ask her about how she juggles her own presenting career and her tennis academy with her 3 children.

She gathered all our children together to share some techniques, here’s my son and his new friend being coached by Annabel.

My son coached by Annabel

My son being coached by Annabel Croft

…and this is me and Jen from Jenography and BritMums doing a pass and warming up!

Nadine (me!) left; Jen right

Nadine (me!) left; Jen right

Annabel’s passion for tennis was contagious, so if you’d like to see for yourselves what playing tennis could be like, sign up for free tennis lessons for your kids and they could be winning matches in Centre Court!

Speaking of winning matches, after interviewing Annabel, we all hot footed it to the Barclaycard Arena to watch Andy and Jamie Murray win at mens doubles against Japan in the first round of the Davis Cup. I didn’t get as close to Andy Murray but I did write a little more about the day on this post including a video of my excitement at being at the Davis Cup.

For video that contains the LTA’s message about free tennis lessons and having a passion for the sport, check out this video featuring some of our tennis greats.

Tennis is for everyone – you don’t need any fancy clothing to play or be really sporty. Anyone can hit a ball over a net and get active and it’s a lot of fun too! With 1000 new coaches, each teaching 10 kids about tennis, that makes ten thousand new players who are into the sport by the time this school year breaks up!

Don’t miss out on the fun – to claim your free #TennisForKids lessons for your children, simply sign up here for a summer of tennis fun and also head over to my Facebook page for more from JuggleMum – just click ‘LIKE’!

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’s FREE tennis lessons for your child – find out more here

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Comments to Love: Love free tennis lessons! #TennisForKids

  • I loved tennis as a kid and it really keeps you fit. I think it’s great that they do this campaign for kids.

    Anne 4th April 2016 10:52 pm Reply
    • It’s a sport you can do at any age so it’s great to get kids interested early!

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 10:54 am Reply
  • I have tried tennis as a grown up and it’s really hard work. I love watching it so I think it is so important that they have things like this for children to get them into the sport. 🙂


    Mookie Moo 5th April 2016 12:50 am Reply
    • Watching it is always fun!!

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 10:54 am Reply
  • Thanks for this, I have just booked Eliza and Isaac on a course

    Kara Guppy 5th April 2016 9:18 am Reply
    • Oh fantastic! I hope they enjoy playing!

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 10:54 am Reply
  • This is looks like such good fun and great to get kids being active. It’s been years since I played tennis but it’s made me want to get out and teach my kids now.

    Jess @ Catch A Single Thoughte 5th April 2016 11:48 am Reply
    • Yay- that’s the best result a blogger can hope for!!

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 10:55 am Reply
  • Nothing near me unfortunately. That is what you get for living in the sticks. Both my boys have kids rackets and play in the street and at the park

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 5th April 2016 3:55 pm Reply
    • When I interviewed Annabel Croft as part of this campaign, she said exactly that! You don’t have to go to a club (although this is where these free courses are on offer!) you just have to pick up a racket and play in the park with your pals. We can have great tennis players come from more casual arrangements like this just as much as we can from the club circuit.

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 11:00 am Reply
  • It looks like you all had so much fun, I think mine would love it when a little older

    clare AKA Emmy's Mummy 5th April 2016 11:01 pm Reply
    • We had a great time. My son has never picked up a racket before that day but he really enjoyed it!

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 11:02 am Reply
  • What a wonderful day and fab account of the incredible energy of the day. Annabel’s passion was totally infectious and seeing the kids love their lesson was amazing. It was super that we all got to spend time together too x

    Honest mum 6th April 2016 12:33 pm Reply
    • Fab seeing you! x

      Nadine Hill 12th April 2016 12:30 pm Reply
  • Looks like such a fun day! And what a brilliant idea to give free lessons – my middle boy loves a bit of tennis, and I am sure my youngest would enjoy it too!

    Sonya Cisco 6th April 2016 6:27 pm Reply
    • I hope you sign up and get some free lessons!

      Nadine Hill 12th April 2016 12:30 pm Reply
  • What a fantastic initiative, I am off to see if they do anywhere close to us! 🙂 x

    Karen Langridge 8th April 2016 5:27 pm Reply
    • Good luck – hope you get in!

      Nadine Hill 12th April 2016 12:31 pm Reply
  • when i was younger they never had tennis lessons near me but I did play badminton. Would love to play tennis

    angela hamilton 8th April 2016 9:37 pm Reply
  • This really is a great campaign. I’m excited about my two starting their tennis lessons! It was lovely to spend the day with you too – you’ve captured it so well in this post. 9th April 2016 9:14 pm Reply
    • Thank you – it was lovely to spend the day with you too!

      Nadine Hill 12th April 2016 12:32 pm Reply
  • I think #tennisforkids is a great initiative. Just trying to firm up lessons for Helen at the moment. It was great to meet you on the day and I was very impressed by Annabel Croft. She really is a great ambassador for the sport.

    John Adams 13th April 2016 6:55 am Reply
    • Great to meet you too John and I was impressed with Annabel too. She rocks!

      Nadine Hill 13th April 2016 10:53 am Reply
  • This all looks so much fun! Really excited to see how my mini McEnroe gets on today – he seems in a really positive mood about trying tennis this time round! Here’s to him finding a new passion!

    Penny A Residence 19th April 2016 1:29 pm Reply
    • I hope he enjoys himself!!

      Nadine Hill 25th April 2016 4:29 pm Reply
  • Great post Nadine, sounds like you all had such a great time. Annabel seems so down to earth too, I love that. Poppy started her first lesson today and absolutely loved it, funnily enough she was doing what you and Jen were doing at one point! I’m so hoping it warms up a bit over the next 5 weeks, it was freezing today! x

    Charly Dove 22nd April 2016 9:56 pm Reply
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