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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

This year we are DETERMINED to make some changes in our lifestyle to lead a healthier and happier way of life. Steve and I have already made a start and through walking more and choosing healthier food options we have so far lost 45 lbs between is in the last 10 weeks or so. Woohoo! 

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

It's not just about us though, we want to work together as a family to improve our overall health and fitness. We want to be good role models to our children and for them to grow up following our lead and choosing a healthy life for themselves. We have been looking at lots of ways to do this in a way that we'll all enjoy and as well as taking family walks and swimming together, we have decided that this summer we are going to take up tennis. 

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

Why tennis you may ask? Well first of all, it isn't expensive (we bought 2 rackets and 3 balls for less than £20). Secondly, we think tennis is something that ALL ages and abilities can enjoy, in fact Andy Murray himself starting playing on his local court when he was just three years old and states that he wasn't very good when he first started.

Finally (and perhaps most importantly) after carrying out some research I've found that playing tennis has numerous health benefits including improving your bone and heart health, increasing flexibility and even improving your mood. It is a fantastic all round cardio exercise for burning calories and fat loss so perfect for Steve and I who still need to shift a few stone.

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

With Wimbledon now in full swing, I think now is the perfect time for us to all try something new together. During our holiday to Spain last week we decided to try our first game one evening which is something we would never usually do on holiday. Holidays for us are usually about relaxing around the pool and beach - not playing sport. We were all looking forward to giving it a go though and although we were complete beginners we all really enjoyed it. We took it in turns playing against each other whilst one person was the umpire and the other two were ball girls/boys so we all kept moving the entire time. It was lots of fun and we had a few laughs (mostly when dad missed the ball) but also it was nice to spend time encouraging each other and promoting positive behaviour/team spirit. 

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

It's fair to say we were rather RUBBISH to start off with however this didn't put us off and I was really surprised at how quickly we all improved. It was lovely seeing everyone's confidence increase and we had a few rallies going by the end of the hour. Most importantly though we all had fun and as Steve and I were rather rusty, we all learned together. 

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

Try it for yourself with your family FOR FREE


If you're interested in giving tennis a try with your family, it's the Great British Tennis Weekend on 16th and 17th July. You can book your family into a FREE session including family time, cardio tennis and free play. Sessions are completely FREE of charge and rackets and balls are provided. 


Sessions take place across the UK but specific to the North East you will find activities including Tennis All Stars and Tots (ages 3-10 years), Family Time, Mini Tennis, Tennis Xpress, Little N Large Tennis, Serve Speed Machine at more at venues including Rothbury Tennis Club, The Northumberland Club in Jesmond, Gosforth Tennis Club, David Lloyd Newcastle. 

Remember sessions are FREE but must be pre-booked and places are limited. 


Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

I have happy memories of playing tennis at our local courts as a child/teen and I can't tell you the joy it brings to have re-discovered my love for the sport with my own children. I can't wait to see us continue to improve over the summer months. We have booked into a free session at Rothbury Tennis Club during Great British Tennis Weekend and hope to continue to play on our local courts every week throughout summer. I'll keep you updated with our progress! 

Try Tennis for FREE with the Great British Tennis Weekend - 16th & 17th July

This is a sponsored post. I’m working with the Lawn Tennis Association to promote the Great British Tennis Weekend. Visit ClubSpark now to find free activities on 16-17 July at your local tennis clubs!


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18 comments

  1. Well done on your combined weight loss and also on making a pledge to take up tennis! It's a fabulous way to get fit with the whole family and your children certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves!! Good luck for your session during #GBTW

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  2. oh this looks fun. My daughter has asked about playing tennis and its something we have never done YET!

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  3. I love the idea of doing something like this as a family! What a great way to keep you all active whilst having quality time together :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  4. Wow 45 lbs is amazing, well done! I haven't played tennis since school, I actually miss it quite a bit x

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  5. I love playing tennis! I'm not very good at it but it's always fun! I hardly ever get to play it though but you've made me want to try and find my old racket (or maybe even buy a new one) and go down to our local courts!

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  6. Well done on the weight loss. I was never that interested in tennis so always avoided playing.

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  7. Ah, how wonderful! We are trying to improve our lifestyle too- eat healhier and do some sports. Tennis is a great idea - fun for the whole family! Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Looking back at my instagram feed you will notice I LOVE tennis!! This looks like a fun and healthy activity! I love booking a tennis court and just hitting the ball back and forth until my competitive side takes over haha

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  9. I did my first session of cardio tennis this week and it was brilliant, muscles I never knew I had were aching the next day! I'm 100% converted now!

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  10. Well done on the weight loss - tennis is a fun way to keep fit I think.

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  11. Amazing weight loss. I always think exercise doesn't feel like e recipe if you are having fun, so Tennis is perfect. #GBTW

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  12. What a brilliant start you've made to getting fitter and healthier - well done! I love that tennis is going to also play a part in that for you and your kids. x

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  13. Once baby is born I am going to get back into a healthier lifestyle and doing it as a family is definitely the way forward x

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  14. I've never tried playing tennis before but I would really like to give it a go xxx

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  15. Ahh those photos look great! Your kids are really having so much fun! Love the colourful outfits too, ;-) We have booked our family session for the 24th so we are all looking forward to that! :) x #GBTW

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  16. You are doing amazing with the weight loss. Love the photos of the kids playing tennis in spain, I always loved playing as a child when we went abroad too xx

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  17. My father in law plays tennis so I've asked him to teach Lamb and encourage him to play. It really is such a great sport for the whole family x #GBTW

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