Tennis in the Square a hit with locals

Shropshire Tennis officials are to serve up a grand slam of exciting new initiatives after the success of their Tennis in the Square event in Shrewsbury town centre.

Many youngsters together with their parents made the most of the chance to pick up a racket and give tennis a go using fun Tennis Factory stations against the beautiful backdrop of the Old Market Hall.

It was the latest venture by Tennis Shropshire designed to help increase the number of people playing tennis at local clubs.

They recently staged Tennis in the Park at Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, and have also hosted three Great British Tennis Weekends around the county where clubs made their facilities available free of charge.

Chris Hinks, the chairman of Tennis Shropshire, said it was important to reach out to potential tennis converts to showcase just how much fun playing the sport is.

He stressed he was pleased with the response to Tennis in the Square which coincided with the opening weekend of the Wimbledon Championships.

He added: "We were very happy with how it went and there was a steady stream of people, both youngsters and adults, who came along to The Square to give tennis a go.

"Many of them showed a real interest in going along to one of their local clubs which is very encouraging.

"We had coaches from The Shrewsbury Club and Shrewsbury Lawn Tennis Club plus volunteers from Energize, the county sports partnership for Shropshire.

"We were also pleased to welcome Councillor Miles Kenny, the deputy mayor of Shrewsbury, together with his wife Aurona.

"We are going to keep arranging events of this nature and we will be holding pop up tennis days at different venues around the county where clubs will have the Tennis Factory stations.

"It's all about getting the message across that playing tennis is great fun."

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