This is my third blogpost as Chair of Tennis Cornwall and how lovely to be able to say we can play tennis from Monday 29th March. A special mention here to the ladies of St Agnes who will be walking on court at 8am on Monday – a brilliant effort and let’s hope the weather gods shine on you.
Despite lockdown there has been lots of activity off court in recent weeks to get ready. Everyone has been getting their courts ready, for example, Truro have had their courts cleaned, people have been getting fit or keeping their fitness up, and there have been lots of meetings online.
When you get back on court please remember to warm up and take care of your body. There are lots of fitness videos on the new Tennis Cornwall Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as links to clubs and coaches in the county posting advice and help, as well as from the LTA.
On 1st April, the LTA is launching an advertising campaign for its new LTA Youth programme. This will be on social media and children’s channels like Nickelodeon and Disney. If you have children who play or want to play, please get in touch with your local club and their coaches. Also, schools can get a voucher for equipment and coaching so please see if your school has signed up. The person for schools to contact is our LTA Participation Development Partner, Kim Eschbaecher. Her email is Kim.Eschbaecher@lta.org.uk.
The LTA is also relaunching its Open Court programme for people with disabilities. Tennis Cornwall has a new lead for Open Court in Emily Joshua. She is keen to promote inclusion and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact her if you have any questions or ideas for tennis in Cornwall to reach everyone.
A big shout out for Cornwall Disability Tennis sessions with Josh and Andrea starting up again at Heron. There is a Friday session at 2pm for adults with learning disabilities and wheelchair users, and a Sunday 11am session for juniors with learning disabilities and wheelchair users. Josh and Andrea also run small group and private sessions. Please note that these are drop-in sessions for everyone, not just Heron members.
On the website we will be launching new pages, including one for Disability Tennis, over the coming months so do keep checking the website for useful tennis information.