WITH tennis fever set to grip the nation during the summer, Yeovil Recreation Centre is opening its doors over three weekends and offering free tennis sessions on the Artificial Grass Pitch.

Free tennis will be available on 21st/22nd June, 28th/29th June and 19th/20th July. The initiative is part of the Great British Tennis Weekend which will see over 1500 park sites and tennis clubs open up for free.

Jake Hannis, Senior Sports and Healthy Lifestyles Officer at South Somerset District Council explains more about the Great British Tennis Weekend at Yeovil Recreation Centre, “Wimbledon always sees interest in tennis soar and we want to offer everyone an opportunity to try the sport free of charge in a welcoming environment.

“This will be the first time our Artificial Grass Pitch has been used for tennis and we have special nets and line markings ready to use. It’s easy to take part, just visit the Great British Tennis Weekend website, choose a day and then book a slot. We will also provide balls and racquets so all you have to do is pop your trainers on and bring a £5 deposit for the equipment.”

Each day will be split into 2 sessions. The first session takes place from 10am to 2pm and will focus on family tennis and then from 2pm to 5pm everyone can get involved, whether they’ve never tried tennis before, want to get back into the game or are a regular player.

As there are limited spaces available advanced booking is recommended at www.greatbritishtennisweekend.com.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at South Somerset District Council added, “We are very pleased to be part of the Great British Tennis Weekend. Our Artificial Grass Pitch at Yeovil Recreation Centre has already been well used for hockey and football and it will be exciting to see everyone giving tennis a go on the surface.

“We aim to offer affordable sporting opportunities for all residents and these weekends will give many people the chance to try tennis for the first time.”