Tennis: Towneley ready to serve up a free for all

Iain Taylor (right) with son Liam who is also a coach

Iain Taylor (right) with son Liam who is also a coach

First published in Sport

National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Burnley by investing in a 50 week programme of free tennis lessons hoping hundreds of people across the area can make a racket at the town’s Queens Park courts.

The charity has created a partnership with Burnley Borough Council as part of its high successful ‘GetIn2 Active Parks’ scheme and local tennis coach Iain Taylor to help provide free coach led tennis sessions for all the family starting on Sunday between (1pm-3pm). You don’t even need a racket as all equipment is provided free of charge.

Professional tennis coach Iain Taylor and his team from the newly created Towneley Community Tennis Club at Queens Park on Queen Victoria Road will run the programme and welcome all ages and standards to take part. He said: “We are giving the people of Burnley tennis for free and it doesn’t matter if you are an absolute beginner, you played at school or you haven’t been able to play on a regular basis and develop your skills.”

“Our Tennis For Free sessions are all about fun and enjoyment for all the family and not about coaching the perfect forehand. Queens Park is the perfect place to start your free tennis journey and we are very proud to be providing these free sessions in partnership with Tennis For Free and Burnley Borough Council. All you need to do is register and ‘book in’ at www.queensparktennis.co.uk every week and you just turn up…you don’t even need a racket”

Tennis For Free CEO, Paul Jessop said: “We now have an extensive free tennis programme across the UK with Towneley being our 24th site.

“With support from our sponsors, the LTA and the Tennis Foundation we are partnering with local organisations such as Burnley Borough Council and local tennis coaches like Iain 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.”

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