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Get well served by free tennis weekends over the summer

GREAT British Tennis Weekend will see courts across Essex serve up free tennis over three weekends this summer.

The first takes place this weekend (May 16 and 17), with parks and clubs offering free events throughout the county.

People can take part in sessions, including Cardio Tennis, Highland Spring Mini Tennis and tennis coaching, as part of the LTA and Tennis Foundation’s drive to get more people playing more often.

Venues will be providing rackets and balls, so whether you’ve never picked up a racket before or just haven’t played for a while, Great British Tennis Weekend is the perfect way to get involved.

Participating venues offering free tennis this weekend include:

Braintree Lawn Tennis Club

Brentwood Hard Court

Chadwell Heath Lawn Tennis Club

Chelmsfordians Tennis Club

Chigwell LTC

Cranbrook Castle Lawn Tennis & Social Club

Cranston Park Lawn Tennis & Social Club

David Lloyd (Basildon) Tennis Club

David Lloyd Club Chigwell

David Lloyd Club Gidea Park

David Lloyd Club Southend

Earls Colne Tennis Club

Elm Park LTC

Frinton LTC

Garons Tennis Academy

Gidea Park LTC

Havering Tennis Club

Hutton and Shenfield UC Lawn Tennis Club and Hutton Tennis Club Ltd

Hylands Community Amateur Sports Club

Kelvedon Hatch Tennis & Social Club

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Palmers Sports & Fitness Tennis Club

Southend Lawn Tennis Club

Stratford Park

Thorpe Bay Lawn Tennis Club

Westcliff Hardcourt Tennis Club

Westcliff Lawn Tennis Club

Woodford Wells

The dates for the three Great British Tennis Weekends are:

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th May

Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th June

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd August

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, Cllr Ray Gooding said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people and families of Essex to give tennis a go for free and, with Wimbledon fast approaching, now is a great time to get involved.

"Tennis is not only a sport that the whole family can enjoy, it’s also a fun way to get active and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having.”

Chairman of Active Essex, Gary Sullivan OBE said: “We are really excited that the Great British Tennis Weekend is hitting Essex this summer and Active Essex is pleased to be able to support them.

"With so many parks and clubs right across the county running their own Great British Tennis Weekends there really is something for everyone.

"I hope families take the opportunity to take part in these fantastic events and ready themselves for what is set to be the biggest ever summer of tennis, as we get behind Andy Murray and the British tennis stars.”

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