Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00
SECOND CHANCE TO PLAY TENNIS
“It’s a second chance to play tennis” says Clare Sheard who has been going to the Walking Tennis sessions at Congleton Tennis Club. “I used to play when I was at school, but I never thought that I would be able to play again.” Her husband Chris has also been coming to the classes. Chris says “I’ve never played before and I was never confident enough to start. This has given me a second chance to have a go at the game. I am really enjoying it.”
The club have developed a version of the game which is easier to play but gets both mind and body active. Walking Tennis allows people in later life who have loved the sport all their lives to get back to playing and also introduces the sport to people who perhaps have never considered playing before.
The two main changes to the game are:
• Play with a low compression tennis ball – this slows the game down, requires less physical effort to hit over the net and is easier to keep in court.
• Allow the ball to bounce twice if necessary – this gives more time.
Walking Tennis sessions take place at the club on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30 to 3.30. Players are guided by LTA accredited coach, Istvan Kaplan. Balls and rackets are provided. The cost is £3 per session. No booking is required, just turn up and have a go.
The course is being supported by a grant from Congleton 4 Congleton in partnership with Active Cheshire. More details are available from the club chairman or secretary by ringing 01260 277624.