Tennis For Free

Free community tennis coaching in 10 public parks

We will increase the number of people playing tennis in disadvantaged communities by encouraging children and their families to take part in the sport every week, for free. Free tennis coaching will be offered in 10 public parks around the country running for 2 hours each weekend.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1103765)

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Weekly tennis participation fell by 85,000 to just 402,000 between 2008 and 2011. Over the past 10 years 2/3 of all public park tennis have fallen into disrepair due to under-funding and lack of use and have been demolished. Tennis is a prohibitively costly sport for many families and is only played by 2.1% of the population , despite being the second most 'followed' sport in the country. Tennis for Free is ambitious: we want to increase tennis participation by 100,000 over the next 5 years.


Our free coaching schemes are accessible to everyone, and offer free access to courts, coaching and free use of equipment. We expect each tennis coaching hub to attract between 364 and 500 newcomers to tennis each year, with a total of 2,184 attendances, or over 20,000 attendances across the duration of the project. Establishing vibrant tennis communities in public parks can help improve participants' health, promote social inclusion and reduce antisocial behaviour.