People playing tennis on a park court

Ace tennis scheme in Shepherds Bush promotes physical and mental well-being

Free tennis sessions are launching in Shepherds Bush as part of a drive to boost physical and mental wellbeing in H&F.

The free weekly sessions in Hammersmith Park begin on Saturday 28 September and are provided by national charity ‘Tennis For Free’. The sessions will be led by professional coaches and are open to all residents, of any ability.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to get active in the fresh air in one of our Green Flag awarded parks,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“The sessions are free and open to everyone, from those who’ve never picked up a racket, to regular club players, so please come along.”

Get active, get social

The scheme is being run by the charity in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The sessions will run for one year, providing residents with plenty of chances to get active and benefit from regular exercise. Fresh air and active lives are proven to benefit mental wellbeing, as well as the sessions being a chance to socialise and make new friends.

Accessible to all

“People will be able to play informally with family and friends which is really important in encouraging people to play,” said Sarah Ferrier from the LTA.

“But Tennis For Free is also about the ability to meet new people and develop friendships, taking regular exercise and simply having fun. It isn’t about finding the next Andy Murray, but about making tennis accessible to all.”

Tennis For Free will take place every Saturday lunchtime from 1pm to 2.30pm in Hammersmith Park, Shepherds Bush, W12 7FW.

You can sign up to take part on the Tennis For Free website.

Tennis in H&F

H&F Council has been making improvement to its tennis facilities as part of a drive to make the sport more accessible and encourage active lifestyles.

Most recently, the tennis courts in the north of Ravenscourt Park have been resurfaced after tree roots made them uneven.

The courts are now fixed and ready for the borough’s budding tennis stars to make the most of the last of the summer weather.

Find out more about tennis in H&F.

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