Game, set and match for summer tennis sessions


Game, set and match for summer tennis sessions

A community tennis scheme in Bexhill holds its last session of the year this weekend - having proved a hit with residents of all ages.

Tennis For Free is a national scheme which organised sessions throughout the summer in conjunction with Rother District Council and the Lawn Tennis Association.

During the summer, more than 200 people - from young children to over-50s - attended sessions in Egerton Park, which included free tuition and access to equipment.

The last session will be on Saturday (October 27, 2018) from 1.30pm but the courts will remain open throughout the winter, weather permitting. The scheme will return from March next year.

Adrian Gaylon, sports development officer at Rother District Council, said: "The tennis sessions have proved a great success with people of all ages coming down to play tennis and enjoy what the park has to offer. 

"Additionally the sessions have helped people become more active and enabled them to make new friends - both of which have health benefits. 

"I am pleased that by working with others, the council has managed to get more people playing this summer."

Paul Jessop CEO for Tennis For Free, said: "It's been a great year for Tennis For Free at Egerton Park which has seen over 200 people take part. We're thrilled to be continuing it from spring 2019."
Lead coach Adam Field said: "I am delighted so many people came along and either tried tennis for the first time or got back into tennis again. 

"I would hope with the Rother District Council support and funding from Tennis For Free we can build on the sessions next year and do even more."

Published on Wednesday, October 24 2018

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