Tennis For Free Coaching team, left to right - William Walford and Ryan Bezer Image; Tennis for Free

Coach-led tennis sessions for all the family

National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has invested in a programme of free tennis at Addison Howard Park, as part of national programme to improve physical and mental wellbeing across the UK.

In partnership with Bedford Borough Council and the LTA, Tennis For Free will provide free coach-led tennis sessions for all the family for one year. Starting 28th September, the Addison Howard Park tennis courts, Kempston will be home to free tennis every Saturday between 10-11:30am.

Addison Howard Tennis For Free sessions will be led by professional tennis coach Ryan Bezer and everyone is welcome. You don’t need a racket or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge. All you need to do is sign up at www.tennisforfree.com. Ryan Bezer said:

“I am very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to Bedford and join the other 100+ Tennis For Free sites across the UK. The Tennis For Free scheme 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.”

Tennis For Free has plans to bring more than 175,000 new tennis players, 2,000 coaches and 5,000 volunteers into the sport over the next five years. Tennis For Free ceo, Paul Jessop, said:

“We are changing the image of tennis to a sport for ALL by removing the cost barrier so that members of all communities can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially.

“Addison Howard Park is one of hundreds of schemes we are opening across the UK over the next five years as part of our plan to get more people playing this wonderful sport.”

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure at Bedford Borough Council, said:

“These Tennis For Free sessions are a great opportunity to get active in one of our local parks, whether you’ve never picked up a racket or are a seasoned regular.

“The sessions are open to people of all ages and will enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Sign up online and get involved.”

Sign up for Tennis For Free at Addison Howard Park tennis courts every Saturday between 10-11:30am at www.tennisforfree.com. You can also follow Tennis For Free on Twitter and Facebook