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Cannock is the place to be to net free sessions

By Nick Elwell | Grassroots | Published:

National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Cannock by investing in a second programme of free tennis sessions after the outstanding success of the first.

Ready for action – the Cannock Park coaching team, from left to right, Chris Perrin, Thom Lilley, Ryan Lockett, Ben Smith, James Perrin

Back in 2015, Hednesford Park was one of the first ‘Tennis For Free’ sites in the West Midlands and has since won numerous awards and helped create over 1,600 new tennis players.

Due to this success, a second scheme, at Cannock Park tennis courts, swings into action on Sunday.

In partnership with Cannock Chase District Council and the LTA, Tennis For Free will provide free coach-led sessions for all the family every Sunday from 2pm to 3.30pm for one year as part of its aim to use tennis to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of all members of the community across the UK.

Lead scheme organiser Chris Perrin said: “I am very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to Cannock. After the success of Hednesford Park we know 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.”

Everyone is welcome, you don’t need a racquet or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge. Sign up for Tennis For Free Cannock Park now at www.tennisforfree.com

Councillor Christine Mitchell, portfolio leader for culture and sport at Cannock Chase Council is hoping the initiative proves a smash hit.

She said: “We’re delighted that Tennis for Free will also be available at Cannock Park.

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“The initiative at Hednesford Park has been a great success over the last four years. Not only does it get people outdoors, it gets them active as well as meeting new people.

“This supports our objective of providing opportunities for healthy and active lifestyles for residents in the district. So if you’ve never picked up a racquet or are a seasoned regular there’s no excuse not to visit the Tennis for Free sessions. Qualified coaches, all equipment provided…all for free. These sessions will benefit those with limited access to sport, enhance physical and mental well-being and re-energise people of all ages.”

To sign up for Tennis For Free at Cannock go to www.tennisforfree.com. You can also follow Tennis For Free on Twitter and Facebook @tennisforfree

No equipment is needed as racquets and balls are provided free of charge.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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