Hillside Gardens Great British Tennis and Sports Day

The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park and Streatham’s newest tennis club run by Serious About Tennis are planning the 3rd annual Great British Tennis and Sports Day on 13 May. This is becoming an annual fixture in Streatham’s calendar and along with Kite Day mean families can plan to spend the weekend in Streatham’s green spaces getting active.

The Day opens with a Quorn family tennis tournament followed by walking football for those who are unable to run but still want to enjoy the sport. There is a half an hour yoga session planned followed by free tennis coaching for adults and children, football for 9-12’s, netball, Zumba followed by fun races and traditional events like Welly Throwing. The day culminates in a big family rounder’s game.

The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park are an active group who were set up to ensure that the park is well kept and open for all. The group run a community garden and facilitate funding and activities in the park. The Friends invited Serious About Tennis to set up a tennis programme in 2014, and this year Hillside Gardens Park has been registered as a Club making it Streatham’s fifth tennis club. The new community orientated tennis club has been started by Serious About Tennis with the aim of making tennis accessible to all. Jesse Scharf Chair of Hillside Gardens Park Friends said “Last year just under 100 people came and joined in with the sports day and we are hoping to welcome more people this year with more sports than ever by catering for different ages and abilities.”

Heading up Serious About Tennis, is Dino Skeete, nationally recognised by the LTA for the work he has done is developing tennis in Streatham. Dino has a track record of getting children to County level and has coached a number of national players. He has also worked with players who have won scholarships to Universities in the US.

Dino said “The Sports Day gives us an annual focus to get children and adults active and show Streatham our lovely park. It is really exciting starting a new club but with a focus on giving members the best of what you would find in a tennis club, access to competitions, social tennis, a coaching programme and holiday camps.” The Club is working closely with local schools and has entered a number of teams into Surrey leagues. We are also excited to be offering 60 free places for local children who have not done tennis before under the Lawn Tennis Association’s Tennis for Kids initiative.”

See the facebook pages for Hillside Gardens Park and Serious About Tennis which have up to date news about events.  To book onto the events on the tennis and sports day go to http://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/HillsideGardens, and to join Hillside Gardens Park Tennis Club or enquire about the coaching programme contact Serious About Tennis http://www.seriousabouttennis.com

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