Posted: 22.06.20 at 10:31 by Tim Lethaby
Key workers can now enjoy a summer of tennis for free thanks to an offer from Wells Tennis Club.
Starting today (June 22), the club is inviting key workers to join at no cost for three months. The offer comes as the Lawn Tennis Aassociation (LTA), the national governing body for tennis in the UK, launches its new campaign Play Your Way – an invitation to anyone and everyone to play tennis, creating a more inclusive world around the game that celebrates individualism and welcomes all playing styles.
New adult members will be able to access five all-weather floodlit courts, two mini-courts and reduced coaching costs.
Currently courts are available for booked singles or doubles play but the club is hopeful that social tennis will return as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
To access the offer, key workers can visit wellstc.co.uk. With a membership, players are able to book courts and invite a guest to play with them.
Club chair Dan Cooke said: “Our local key workers deserve some respite and enjoyment this summer and this is a small thank-you from our club.
"I hope that our offer attracts new and returning tennis players, and I look forward to seeing them on court.
“It is a tough time for all sports but the LTA has helped local clubs and courts prepare to make play as safe and accessible as possible.”
Sharon Heeley, LTA head of region for the South and South West, said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have seen multiple examples of how the tennis community has come together to support our key workers, and this is another fantastic initiative from Wells Tennis Club.
"We are delighted that this offer coincides with the start of our national Play Your Way campaign and engagement with local authorities around tennis in parks, both of which will help us work towards our vision of opening up tennis to more and more people.”
Hand-in-hand with the Play Your Way campaign, the LTA last week has launched a major long-term strategic drive to grow participation in tennis across parks throughout the country by supporting local authorities with cost-free opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities through tennis, and ensure their tennis venues are sustainable for the future.