I have never been a big fan of sports, I don't play any and I don't watch them either, I am unfit, lazy and to be honest it just is not really my thing. However being a mum means that my whole outlook on life has changed as I don't want my own children following in my footsteps, I want them to be fit and active and enjoy sports. Having a teenage daughter has highlighted to me just how my actions impact upon my children as she is so like me and hates sports too these days and I want to change that.
With Wimbledon being on the TV and the media full of talk of tennis recently this got me thinking that actually my teen does not dislike all sports as she actually really enjoys tennis. Whenever she goes on holiday she loves to play tennis, weirdly enough so did I as a child. It is a sport that is cheap, easy to play and suitable for all the family and I imagine would be a brilliant activity for the whole family to enjoy together.
I wondered why we only play it on holiday and I realised it was because it is easy to play on holiday as most hotels have tennis courts on site and at home I would not really know where to play. Then I heard about a campaign from the National Lawn Association called the Great British Tennis Weekend, which sounds ideal for us as a family. The idea behind the campaign is you simply sign up for one of their free tennis sessions at a club near where you live and then the whole family can enjoy a game of tennis. For people living in Newcastle the local club is located in Jesmond and there is also clubs in Rothbury in Northumberland too. The free sessions will be running next weekend, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th July so make sure you book a place quick!
I have decided to book my teen and partner on a session, fingers crossed the weather stays nice as it has rained here in Newcastle almost every day for weeks now. I think that it will be a great activity for them to do together that they will both enjoy (keep an eye on my social media next weekend for photos). I am sure that when my little two are a little older then they will love taking part too as it is a great sport for children and families to enjoy together. Hopefully we will become a family of sport lovers (myself included) and my children won't follow in my footsteps after all.
Do you enjoy tennis ?
I'm working with the Lawn Tennis Association on their #GBTW campaign. Sign up for your FREE tennis activity here https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays.