WITH Wimbledon in full swing, Solihull Council is encouraging residents to go outdoors and enjoy a summer of tennis.
The Council has teamed up with the Lawn Tennis Association to launch a new website which will provide local people with everything they need to know about tennis in Solihull.
A key feature of the website allows residents to book a tennis court – for free – before they play. This will guarantee they can use the court when they want to, rather than face disappointment if they turn up and find the court is already in use.
In addition to the new website, the Council is also working with national charity Tennis for Free, which has funded free tennis coach-led sessions to residents. Through the new website, people of all ages and abilities can sign up and take advantage of two hours free coaching every Saturday at Malvern and Shirley parks for the next two years.
Tennis for Free works in partnership with local schools, tennis clubs and local authorities throughout the UK, providing free access to community tennis courts, free coach led group tennis sessions and free usage of equipment.
The sessions at Shirley Park will be delivered by Beechcroft Tennis & Multi-Sports Community Club, and at Malvern Park by Ball Bounce Hit.
Coun Karen Grinsell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, said: “With the warmer weather here there’s no better time to get out and play a game of tennis.
“Whatever your age or ability, it’s a great way to stay fit and get healthier while enjoying the beautiful surroundings our parks have to offer.”
Solihull has 16 tennis courts available to use at Bentley Heath, Elmdon, Knowle, Malvern, Meriden and Shirley parks, in addition to those available at leisure centres and tennis clubs.
To find out more about tennis in Solihull visit www.tennisinsolihull.net