Each week thousands turn up at our Tennis for free sessions up and down the country. We cater to all ages and abilities including boys, girls, parents, grandparents and everyone in between.
Our sessions are a great way to stay active and have fun
with family and friends. After all there is nothing better than spending your
morning smashing balls around for an hour. Not surprisingly then, is it any
wonder that we experience many different ‘attendees’ at our sessions. Whilst
there are probably many more you see, here is our top 10 types of kids you see
at a Tennis for free session. Read on as I’m sure you will recognize a few.
The future pro
This player has all the attributes of a top player. They are
dedicated to the cause (often first here and last to leave), they come back
every week having practiced all the new skills they used the week before and their
enthusiasm helps lift everyone at the session.
The fairweather player
Despite what you may think our sessions take place in all weather.
Some love it… some don’t. the one’s who don’t have often been pulled along by a
friend and are there for moral support. They work their way through the session
‘begrudgingly’ but still seem to always smile at the end.
The ex pro
This player used to play to a ‘high’ level when they were
younger. Maybe county standard or more. They take joy in showing the youth of
today how they play Tennis and often can be found hitting the type of shots that
Federer himself would be proud of.
These two are inseparable. They arrive together, player together
and leave together. Most likely friends from school. These two enjoy the games
and always want to be on the same side. Although if you get them on separate sides,
they can often become the most competitive (but only with each other).
This is a player we see very often. A complete novice. Often
with a brother, sister or parent who enjoys our sessions. They arrive for the
very first time. Whilst initially a touch nervous, they soon come out of their
shell once they start hitting some balls…
The Old Head
These players have been with us since the session began.
They often know exactly what is coming before the coach even announces it. They
help with set up and demonstrations and can often become coaches themselves.
This player knows and remembers every rule of every game and
makes sure everyone keeps in check. These players also tend to make excellent
The all-weather hero
We’ve already had the fairweather player at one end, and we
also see the all-weather hero at the other. This player turns up in everything
and has suitable clothing for every occasion. Sometimes during November, they
can even be seen playing in skirt or shorts. No matter what it’s like outside,
this hero turns up regardless.
This player is great at most sports and takes to tennis like
a duck to water. They can also be found introducing other types of sport into
the Tennis for free session. You might see them trying some football skills or
a baseball throw, or just running around the court like Usain Bolt.
And, finally, let’s not forget the volunteers who despite
not often playing… put in endless hours to ensure we can continue to bring you
these fantastic sessions each week.
Join us this weekend for our Big Tennis Open Weekend and let us know how many players you meet this weekend.