A sports charity is offering free tennis sessions for the local community as part of a national programme to improve physical and mental well being.

National charity, Tennis For Free has partnered with the LTA and local council to provide free tennis sessions for families all year round at New Ferry Park.

The aim of the sessions are to get more people playing tennis and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of Wirral residents.

Tennis For Free CEO, Paul Jessop, said: “Together with the LTA, we are helping to make tennis more accessible to more people by removing the cost barrier that some sections of the community face, so that the entire community can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially.

“We have created specially designed programmes to welcome families, the old and the young, of any ability and the beauty is that each session is led by qualified tennis coaches who will ensure people develop at their own pace.”

Wirral Globe:

“It’s not just about the playing, these schemes bring people in communities together. People can get involved and help run the schemes even if they aren’t playing themselves. 

“We are always looking for local volunteers to grow the programme, indeed some of our most successful and sustainable schemes across the UK have the coaches supported by a team of volunteers who organise further events.”

Tennis For Free have partnered with the LTA for the last three years to open tennis up to more people from all backgrounds with a particular focus on areas of high indices of deprivation.

Arron Woodward, who leads the coaching at New Ferry Park, said: "I am very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to New Ferry Park.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to try tennis for either the first time, or to dust off the cobwebs after a time away from the sport. 

“It’s a fun, friendly and entertaining free weekly event where you’ll make new friends and benefit from regular exercise.  There is no catch, as the name suggests, everything is free.”

To find out more visit www.tennisforfree.com and search for the New Ferry Park Scheme.