Wigan MP Lisa Nandy showed her support for grass-roots tennis as she visited Robin Park Arena Tennis Centre as they celebrated National Mini Tennis Week.
The Labour MP attended the centre on Thursday evening to oversee sessions of LTA Mini Tennis for over 70 school children from across the region, many of whom were playing tennis for the first time.
National Mini Tennis Week 2013, sponsored by Highland Spring, is giving over 10,000 children across the country a fantastic first experience of LTA Mini Tennis, which offers the perfect introduction to the sport of tennis with smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls but all the energy of the real thing.
LTA Mini Tennis has been developed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to introduce children between three and ten years old to the sport.
National Mini Tennis Week started on Monday June 10 and continues until Sunday June 16, and as part of the week Robin Park Tennis Centre have been carrying out a schools tennis road show, taking mini tennis to kids across Wigan before hosting them at a special session in front of the region’s MP.
Lisa Nandy said: “It was great to see first-hand the difference LTA Mini Tennis can make to children, helping them to take up the sport at a young age and developing the players of the future.
“It was excellent to see so many children learning skills and confidence through mini tennis, and to meet so many of Wigan’s parents who come along to support them.
“I hope many more of Wigan’s children will have the opportunity to try this in the future.”
Simon Reid, the head coach as Robin Park, said: “We were delighted to see so many youngsters learning how to play tennis, some for the first time. I hope we will see many of these faces playing tennis again in the future.
“It was a fantastic event and we were delighted to be able to welcome so many people down to the club to take part in National Mini Tennis Week.”
There are now more than 1,500 registered tennis venues delivering LTA Mini Tennis across the country, catering for more than 110,000 children.