Bridlington Lawn Tennis Club are hoping to capitalise on the TV coverage of Wimbledon to attract more members to its junior coaching sessions.
The club has more than 50 youngsters playing regularly and has been able to enter teams into a local league for the first time in years.
Playing tennis helps the mind develop alertness, tactical thinking, problem solving and also stimulates new connections between nerve cells in the developing brain.Dr Anthony Clarke
Club president Dr Anthony Clarke said: “We are delighted with the growing interest in tennis which we have seen from children living in Bridlington and as far away as Hutton Cranswick who havetaken up the offer of junior coaching lessons in our centenary season.
“In the run-up to Wimbledon, it is satisfying to see our Dukes Park facilities being used to an increasing extent. Although our junior numbers have swelled to well over 50, we have we have ample space for more youngsters to make use of both hard and grass courts.”
The club’s junior coaches have been continuing their schools work, coaching in Our Lady and St Peter’s and Martongate Primary Schools and plans are underway to run a tennis summer school in August.
Dr Clarke said: “There are particular reasons why tennis is such a good sport to encourage to youngsters in Bridlington.
“Tennis is one of the healthiest activities that we can participate in and because of the overall physical, mental and emotional benefits, it can add years to someone’s life.
“It is a lifelong sport and some of our club members are still playing into their 80s. The constant movement and action in tennis burns off calories, builds muscle, increases strength and improves flexibility and co-ordination.
“Playing tennis helps the mind develop alertness, tactical thinking, problem solving and also stimulates new connections between nerve cells in the developing brain.
“Apart from the fun of playing, it helps youngsters develop a work ethic, sportsmanship, the acceptance of responsibility, the ability to manage mistakes, self-discipline, coping strategies and teamwork. Moreover, it is a healthy family activity and can be enjoyed by both sexes and by people of different fitness or ability levels.
“As we approach Wimbledon, perhaps we need to reflect on the health benefits of getting active, in addition to sitting in front of a television and being thrilled by our national tennis tournament of the year.”
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