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Smashing offer as tennis facilities made ‘free for all’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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TENNIS facilities are being made free for all at two South Derbyshire parks for those inspired by Wimbledon to get fit and healthy.

Those inspired by the wonder of the likes of Andy Murray and Heather Watson can get their racquets out and head to Eureka Park, in Swadlincote, and Maurice Lea Memorial Park, in Church Gresley.

Instead of adults forking out almost £3 per game and concessions half that amount, the courts can be used by all ages at all hours of the day for no cost.

The gesture is being made by South Derbyshire District Council as it looks to inspire and motivate residents to get fit, healthy and active.

Jim Hewlett, chairman of housing and community services, said: “We want to encourage residents, young and old, to get out into the fresh air for a game of free tennis.

“Follow in the footsteps of Andy Murray or Laura Robson and grab a racquet and a ball, find an opponent, and enjoy the start of summer.”

The freebie kick starts South Derbyshire’s exciting summer of sport, which coincides with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A Commonwealth van will be touring the district to offer opportunities to win medals during activities such as athletics, badminton, volleyball and basketball.

The playmobile and wheelsmobile will be stopping in at selected venues, while extreme sports like urban laser combat can be found in communities.

Ticknall Cricket Club is offering courses to five-to-eight-year-olds and racquet skills can be honed at Etwall Leisure Centre.

Community sport activation officer Emma Warren said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer an exciting programme of activities for summer 2014.

“We have a vast menu of activities across the holidays to keep young people engaged and active during the six-week break.

We hope young people take advantage of the opportunities available to them and come and try something new.”

More information can be found online at www.south-derbys.gov.uk

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