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Oxford park hosts free tennis lessons
CHILDREN who dream of being the next Andy Murray can take part in a free weekend of tennis at Florence Park in Oxford.
Free mini coaching will be at the park for children aged between three and 10 today and tomorrow, and there are free adult tennis and cardio sessions.
Oxford city councillor Mark Lygo said: “This is a great event to keep the Olympic legacy and the Wimbledon spirit alive in Oxford.
“We’re really keen to inspire people, especially the youngsters, to take up the sport and build on its popularity at the Olympics and Wimbledon.
“It’s also about helping the youngsters improve their game.”
The event will take place at the Florence Park tennis courts, which were refurbished two months ago.
The city council also hopes to refurbish all the tennis courts across Oxford in the next two years.
The weekend is being organised by the council in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association.
There are six coaches from the Premier Tennis Club, of which three will run the mini sessions, two will coach the adults and one will oversee the cardio sessions.
Coach Joe Cartledge said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to make use of the new facilities at Florence Park.
“The courts are better and improved and will be more durable and longer lasting. It’s definitely improving the facilities available to the public.
“Tennis is definitely a growing sport and there’s more interest than ever.
“It’s great to see the city council working with the LTA to promote the sport and get kids out on the courts.”
Mr Cartledge, 27, of Margaret Road, Headington, added: “I grew up playing at the Bury Knowle Park and Florence Park tennis courts so it’s great to be involved in creating more opportunities for people to take up tennis.”
Equipment will be provided throughout the weekend and staff will provide information on various tennis opportunities available in Oxford.
People can simply turn up on the day although booking is recommended for the free coaching sessions.
David Reeve, development manager for the Lawn Tennis Association, said: “The tennis weekend is designed to give the people of Oxford an exciting and free tennis experience.
“There will be a mix of coach-led activity and free courts to play on and people can just turn up on the day.”
The event runs from 10am to 4pm both days.
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