Ace idea for kids

Inspired by recent Centre Court action at Wimbledon? Fancy yourself as the next Cameron Norrie or Emma Raducanu?

Now could be the perfect time to find out what tennis is all about, as national sports charity Tennis for Free, with the support of the Lawn Tennis Association, is serving up an ace for local communities in Buckinghamshire.

A new venue in High Wycombe is one of three offering free coach-led tennis sessions for adults and children aged 12 and over.

In a link with the council, the tennis association and Tennis for Free will now provide tennis sessions at no cost for individuals, families and carers at three locations in Bucks:

  • Desborough Recreation Ground, High Wycombe – Saturday 1.30pm-2.30pm.
  • Bedgrove Park, Aylesbury – Saturday 4pm-5pm.
  • Vale Park, Aylesbury – check website for details.

The scheme aims to get more people playing tennis and improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing. Sessions have been running in Aylesbury since 2019 but the venue in High Wycombe has just started.

Tennis For Free Co-founder Patrick Hollwey said: ‘We have created specially designed programmes to welcome families, carers and people of all ages and any ability, Tennis improves people’s mental health and TFF playing group games enhances this further.

‘The beauty is that each session is led by qualified tennis coaches who will ensure people develop at their own pace.’

Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: ‘Having easy access to local good park facilities where you can play informally with your family, carers and friends is key to encouraging people to play.’

To find out more, visit: and search for the name of the park.