Young players try out a tennis coaching session at Beacon Park

Councillors have been told that more activities such as the Tennis for Free initiative should be backed across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Around 300 people took part in the launch of the Beacon Park sessions recently.

Young players try out a tennis coaching session

As well as free tennis coaching, Lichfield District Council has also opened up Beacon Park’s courts without charge after 1pm every day.

Cllr Andrew Smith

Cllr Andrew Smith, Cabinet member for leisure and parks, said the launch’s popularity had given the local authority food for thought.

“More activities like the Tennis for Free programme should be encouraged,” he said. “The initiative shows that people were keen to get out and enjoy the opportunity.

“As a council we should be looking to support things such as this.

“It’s better than just building leisure centres because there is clearly more impact at a lower cost.”

The Tennis for Free charity is holding the family sessions at Beacon Park from 2pm to 4pm every Sunday.

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