One year of free tennis in Fairmuir Park and Dundee Park
Fairmuir Park: Saturday 25th June 2016; 1-3pm
Fairmuir Street, Dundee, DD3 8JE
Dawson Park: Sunday 26th June 2016; 1-3pm
Caenlochan Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1JX
National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Dundee and the surrounding area by investing in a 50 week programme of free tennis at two of the city’s tennis venues. Last year the city’s Dawson Park was a Tennis For Free venue and that initiative is continuing and joining the Broughty Ferry site in 2016 is Fairmuir Park. Both venues launch their new tennis initiatives over the same weekend of 25th and 26th June creating a huge opportunity for the city to start a new sport. The timing of the launch couldn’t be better. Tennis fever is heightening with Wimbledon around the corner and Scots Jamie and Andy Murray hoping to take home some silverware. Tennis For Free has created a partnership with Leisure & Culture Dundee, Dundee City Council and Tennis Scotland to help provide free coach led tennis sessions for all the family. Fairmuir starts on Saturday 25th June between 1-3pm. Dawson Park, the following day; Sunday 26th June, between 1-3pm. Everything is free, you don’t even need a racket as all equipment is provided.
Alex Knight, Sports Development Officer at Leisure & Culture Dundee said:
“Tennis For Free sessions offer the perfect kick-start to grow participation and get people involved. The sessions at both sites will give everyone the chance to take part, irrespective of standard or experience. We’ll provide racquets and balls, just register at www.leisureandculturedundee.com/tennis and turn up with enthusiasm.”
Started in 2004 and celebrating over a decade of getting over 150,000 people to hit tennis balls for free, Tennis For Free is a registered charity founded by comedian Tony Hawks with fashion executive Patrick Hollwey. It aims to provide healthy, vibrant tennis communities on FREE public park tennis courts creating new tennis players of all ages and backgrounds, and showing that tennis can be enjoyed by all. Tennis For Free supporters include Judy Murray, the mother of two of Team GB’s successful Davis Cup team – Andy and Jamie, BBC tennis commentator Andrew Castle and multiple Grand Slam winner Pat Cash.
Tennis For Free CEO, Paul Jessop said: “Having started as a website listing free parks tennis we now have an extensive free tennis programme across the UK. With support from our sponsors the LTA we are partnering with local organisations local tennis coaches and investing over the next three years into 50 Tennis For Free park sites across the UK, helping approximately 40,000 new people to experience the TFF fun sessions.
Doc McKelvey, Head of Development, Tennis Scotland said:
“We are delighted to be continuing to work with Tennis For Free to bring free supervised tennis sessions to venues across Scotland. Working with TFF and local partners across the country the new sites will provide regular free supervised tennis sessions for all the family. The sessions are perfect for that first taste of tennis or for getting back into the game in a fun and relaxed manner but with all equipment provided and coaches in attendance to help organise practices or provide some tips, if you want them. The venues all have additional activity available so this can be the start of something new or simply your weekly tennis fix and of course it’s free!”
You can register for Tennis For Free at both Dawson Park and Fairmuir Park at www.leisureandculturedundee.co.uk/tennis or for further information on Tennis For Free visit www.tennisforfree.com. You can also follow Tennis For Free and Leisure & Culture Dundee on twitter @tennisforfree and @LACDundee