Tennis is a big hit at local clubs in Sheffield

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TENNIS clubs in Sheffield are gearing up for the Wimbledon fortnight by offering the local community the opportunity to get involved with the sport.

British hopes in SW19 will be on Andy Murray as he bids for his first Grand Slam win. But the sport is also thriving in Sheffield and tennis lovers, whether they are accomplished players or picking up a racket for the first time, can enjoy playing an affordable, accessible sport throughout the year.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is making it easy for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in tennis through their allplay campaign, designed to help people play tennis.

And the LTA’s investment in the sport in this area is providing opportunities to play in park and community sites – for example Hillsborough Leisure Centre are holding a free tennis taster day on July 1 giving people the chance to enjoy initiates such as Mini Tennis – highlighting that affordable tennis is right on the doorstep.

Gavin Sutcliffe, the LTA’s Tennis Development Manager for the region, added: “The Championships at Wimbledon means that tennis is in the spotlight and there is plenty for people to get involved in Sheffield.

“There are many opportunities to play tennis in Sheffield, whether at clubs, parks, community centres or schools and there are now lots of fun ways to play the game such as Cardio Tennis, Touch Tennis or Mini Tennis.

“There is plenty going on for people to get involved with in tennis so my advice is to pick up a racket and try it.”

To find a playing partner, a local court or coach, register at www.allplaytennis.com