People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to pick up a racket and grab some sunshine as the Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) comes to a variety of locations across Wales in the lead up to Wimbledon 2015.
Venues across Wales, including parks and clubs will host Great British Tennis Weekends, an event supported by the Lawn Tennis Association and Tennis Wales. The events are aimed at encouraging men, women and children of all backgrounds to enjoy playing one of the nation’s most loved sports with friends and family, no matter what their ability.
The weekend activities have already got underway with the year’s first GBTW in May, when in Rhyl, Game of Thrones actor Spencer Wilding from North Wales, was on hand to hit a few balls, with over 160 people joining in the fun alongside him, at the opening of new courts at Rhyl Tennis Club.
In all, more than 900 people attended GBTW events around Wales on its opening weekend in May.
All Great British Tennis Weekend events are free and include accessible versions of the game, such as cardio tennis and mini tennis as well as qualified coaching lessons. People will also be able to turn up and get straight into the action with organised matches. Rackets and balls are provided at all locations so there are no issues for those who do not own any equipment.
The next Great British Tennis Weekend takes place on June 13th and 14th at the following venues in Wales:
Saturday 13th June: David Lloyd Club Cardiff; Windsor LTC, Penarth; Newport Tennis Centre; Swansea Tennis and Squash Club; Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea; Bangor LTC; Rhos On Sea Tennis Club; Wrexham – Llwyn Isaf (Isaf);
Sunday 14th June: Barry Community Tennis Club; Craig y Don Community Tennis Club; Chirk Castle;
Penarth Athletic will also be hosting events on Sundays June 21st and 28th
“The Great British Tennis Weekends are a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in the sport – whatever their level of skill or experience,” said Peter Drew, chief executive of Tennis Wales.
“In the first weekend of GBTW in May, Wales had huge numbers of new tennis players attending tennis clubs and centres across the country in what was probably the biggest and most successful weekend of tennis promotion ever seen in Wales.
“With Wimbledon on the horizon, interest in tennis always increases, and this is the ideal time to give it a try.”
Families can book in advance online and find out more information about local venues at www.greatbritishtennisweekend.com and for more information on Tennis in Cardiff visit www.tennisincardiff.com
Information on all aspects of tennis in Wales is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ and for regular updates follow Tennis Wales on Twitter @tenniswales