National Sports Charity 'Tennis For Free' brings free tennis sessions to Falkirk

National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Falkirk and the surrounding area by investing in a year-long programme of free tennis sessions hoping hundreds of people across the area can make a racket at Dollar Park.  The charity has created a partnership with the Falkirk Community Trust and Tennis Scotland to help provide free coach led tennis sessions for all the family starting on Saturday 30th September between 10am-12noon.  You don’t need a racket or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge.

Paul Finnie, Falkirk Community Trust’s Sport & Recreation Manager said: "We are all very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to Dollar Park. It is a fantastic opportunity for all members of the local community to get into the spirit of trying tennis for either the first time or to dust off the cobwebs and try again. The new courts are fantastic and we look forward to welcoming local families to the sessions.”

Tennis For Free is a registered charity founded by comedian Tony Hawks and fashion executive Patrick Hollwey.  It aims to provide healthy, vibrant local tennis communities for free on public park tennis courts creating new tennis players of all ages and backgrounds, and showing that tennis can be enjoyed by all. Tennis For Free supporters include Judy Murray (mother of Champion Andy), BBC tennis commentator Andrew Castle and ex Grand Slam winner Pat Cash.

Tennis For Free CEO, Paul Jessop said: “With support from Tennis Scotland and local partners Dollar Park is just one of hundreds more schemes we are planning within the next five years including many more across Scotland.  All of our sessions are very well suited to the whole family coming down and all playing tennis at the same time. There are no catches, all equipment is provided.”

Doc McKelvey, Head of Development at Tennis Scotland said: “We are delighted to be continuing to work with Tennis For Free to bring free supervised tennis sessions to venues across Scotland. Falkirk Community Trust provide a great tennis offer across their sites and Tennis For Free will be a great addition to the programme at Dollar Park. The sessions are perfect for that first taste of tennis or for getting back into the game in a fun and relaxed manner but with all equipment provided and coaches in attendance to help out and the wider programme at Dollar Park provides plenty of opportunity for you to get involved in more tennis.”

Tennis For Free has plans to bring more than 175,000 new tennis players, 2,000 coaches and 5,000 volunteers into the sport over the next five years. The charity, which runs free community tennis sessions at public parks across the UK, has a new partnership agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Tennis Scotland and a new funding circle of private individuals. The new partnership will boost the network of free tennis schemes by hundreds nationwide, launching in Wales and Northern Ireland as well as increasing its sites in England and Scotland, making it a truly national community led programme.

Tennis For Free (TFF), which works with local authorities and tennis clubs up and down the country, currently funds around 200 professional tennis coaches who are supported by volunteers to offer weekly sessions to people of all ages and backgrounds at its 50 sites.  Everything is free for participants - equipment is provided and there are no court hire costs. It will also bring more people, especially from disadvantaged communities, into physical activity and reinvigorate under-used local parks.

You can register for Tennis For Free as follows: www.dollarparktennis.co.uk For more information visit www.tennisforfree.com.  You can also follow Tennis For Free on twitter @tennisforfree and on Facebook.

Published on Thursday, 14th September 2017

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