Free tennis for kids in 2017!

Course information available from April 2017

In partnership with

Free tennis and rackets

for 5-8 year olds

Bigger and better in 2017

Tennis For Kids is back, bigger and better than before.
British Tennis’ aim is to get 20,000 kids, brand new to tennis, on a 6 week free tennis course next summer.

Tennis For Kids launched in 2016 offering 10,000 children, aged 5-8, the opportunity to fall in love with tennis, on a course delivered by specially trained, fun and passionate coaches. The initiative was a great success reaching 13,000 kids and all of them took a brand new specially designed Davis Cup tennis racket home.

Next year the courses will be open to kids brand new to tennis, and will be run between April and September.

Further information on how to book and where the courses take place will be available early next year on this page and @BritishTennis.

What you can expect?

  • A free 6 week course with a qualified LTA coach
  • A free racket to keep forever if you attend regularly
  • An opportunity for parents to get involved
  • An opportunity to keep playing at the venue after the course

20,000 FREE courses

20,000 FREE rackets

Who is it for?

This course is designed specifically for 5-8 year olds who are new to tennis. We hope the lucky 20,000 kids will have had such a great time they'll be hooked on tennis for life!


What your kids will learn

Kids will learn all the essentials to allow them to have a great time playing tennis.

Throughout the 6 week course kids will learn and practice:

  • Throwing and catching
  • How to hold a racket and control the ball
  • All the different shots
  • How to develop a rally, hitting the ball over a net with new friends
  • Being part of a team and respecting one another
  • The rules of tennis and how points are won and lost

But most importantly, they will have lots of fun and meet some new friends!

Question & answers

Q Why is this course free?

A The LTA and the participating venues are paying for the cost of each course to give as many kids as possible a chance to try tennis.

Q What happens if I want to play tennis with my child and I don’t have a racket of my own?

A Check out whether you can borrow one from the coach first but if not Sports Direct or stock a very affordable range of rackets.

Q Will I be involved as a parent?

A Yes, we are very much encouraging involvement from parents and there will be an opportunity to get on court with your child during a session. Please ask the coach for more details.

QWhat happens after the course if I want my child to carry on playing?

A The venue you attend will have an offer available to help all kids involved to continue to play.

Q What happens if the venue's offer following the course doesn't meet my needs?

A We would advise that you speak to the coach who will hopefully be able to help and if you still have questions please don't hesitate to give the LTA a call on 0208 487 7000.

Q Are there any venues where I can play with my kids in addition to the course?

A Yes, absolutely. You may be able to play at the venue where your course is taking place so chat to the coach first. If the venue doesn’t work for your timings, there are plenty of free council park courts where you can play.

Q When will I get to keep my free racket?

A The racket will be available to use on the course and after your child has attended 4 sessions you’ll be able to keep the racket forever

Q What should my child wear?

A Kids can wear whatever they're comfortable in but we do ask that you wear a pair of trainers to make sure you can run around safely.

Reaching even more kids in 2017

Tennis For Kids the legacy lives on…

For 2017 we have raised the bar and will reach out to 20,000 kids aged 5-8 across the country who are new to tennis; enrol them in free six-week tennis courses and provide each child taking part, with their own limited edition racket.

We're passionate about growing the game at grassroots and creating a new generation of tennis loving children, and Tennis For kids is the perfect way to introduce them to the sport with lessons that focus on fun, learning to play and getting active.

In partnership with

  • Highland Spring
  • Lawn Tennis Association
Tennis for kids coaching

Ready to play?

Find your nearest venue and book your course today.