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Kyle Edmund is a big hit with young players

LONDON — Up-and-coming British Wimbledon hopeful Kyle Edmund served up some great tips for young tennis enthusiasts at David Lloyd (davidlloyd.co.uk) Hull on Sunday (May 18) during a Great British Tennis (davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/racquets/tennis) Weekend.

“We are very grateful to Kyle for attending our first Great British Tennis Weekend. The children were very excited to get on court with Kyle, who is making significant progress in the tennis ranks and is a fantastic role model for any aspiring young player (davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/racquets/junior-tennis).”

Kyle, who is the 8th ranked player in Britain, put a group of junior players through their paces and showed them an array of skills when he was invited along to the event in Raich Carter Way, Kingston upon Hull, as the club’s special guest.

David Lloyd Hull (davidlloyd.co.uk/club-finder/hull) is among the group’s nationwide network of racquets clubs hosting the Great British Tennis Weekends, in association with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), for families to play tennis for free, with further weekends planned on June 21-22, June 28-29 and July 19-20.

Kyle, 19, who trained as a child at the club through its Tennis All Stars (davidlloyd.co.uk/tennis-all-stars) junior coaching programme and will be taking part in next month’s Wimbledon tournament, said: “It was a great day and I was very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm for tennis. Hopefully, some of the knowledge I have given them will help them in their training and competitions.”

David Lloyd Hull general manager Patrick Newcombe added: “We are very grateful to Kyle for attending our first Great British Tennis Weekend. The children were very excited to get on court with Kyle, who is making significant progress in the tennis ranks and is a fantastic role model for any aspiring young player (davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/racquets/junior-tennis).”

David Lloyd Leisure is hosting the Great British Weekends as part of its major drive, ‘Everyone for Tennis’, with the aim of introducing the sport to all ages and abilities, and increasing grass-roots participation across the UK.

Europe’s premier health, sports and leisure group is rolling out a number of initiatives to encourage everyone to pick up a racquet and start playing.

Throughout June and July, David Lloyd Leisure racquets clubs* will open their doors to all adults and children who want to take part in free, new ‘Everyone for Tennis’ (davidlloyd.co.uk/news-and-press/news-and-press-releases/2014/05/16/dll-launches-everyone-for-tennis) sessions with its LTA-qualified coaches, which will be synchronised to allow the whole family to try tennis at the same time. The 45-minute sessions, which include expert feedback, will be complemented by a Racquets Welcome introduction to tennis and Fast Track Tennis coaching sessions for adult beginners.

David Lloyd Leisure, which operates the world’s largest junior tennis coaching programme, Tennis All Stars - which sees 12,500 learning to play tennis each week - will also offer its unrivalled coaching expertise to local schools as part of an outreach programme to introduce as many youngsters as possible to the sport in a fun and exciting way and teach them the basic skills.

With a tennis heritage spanning over 30 years, David Lloyd Leisure provides more than 700 indoor and outdoor tennis courts at 69 of its 81 UK clubs (davidlloyd.co.uk/forms/arrange-a-club-visit) (with nearly half the total number of indoor tennis courts in the country). The group also operates the world’s largest tennis team comprising more than 400 LTA-qualified tennis coaches.

For more information on tennis at David Lloyd Leisure, visit www.davidlloyd.co.uk. For more on the Great British Tennis Weekends at David Lloyd Leisure, go to davidlloyd.co.uk/gbtw.

*Excludes Chelsea and Notting Hill Harbour Clubs, David Lloyd Kidbrooke and David Lloyd Chigwell. Also includes David Lloyd Dublin.

 

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