January is a time of year when many people are looking for new ways to get active, get fit and stick to new year’s resolutions. Playing sport is a great way to do all of these things, and there are numerous opportunities to get involved in all kinds of sports activities, teams and clubs across Liverpool.
2016 is Olympic Year, and in the run-up to the Games in Rio, Liverpool Express will be regularly profiling one Olympic Sport and highlighting the opportunities there are to get involved locally.
Whether you want to get back into a sport that you love but haven’t played for some time, learn about different opportunities to get involved even more in something you are doing already, or even take up something completely new then there will be an opportunity for you to do so.
With the Australian Open taking place this month, we are starting by focusing on opportunities to play tennis in Liverpool
There are opportunities to play tennis all across Liverpool with many different venues where you can play including parks, clubs and tennis centres. Tennis is a sport that all the family can play and it is a sport you can play all your life.
Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree provides opportunities for adults, children and students to play throughout the year on their six indoor and six outdoor courts. This a public, pay-and-play where anyone can book a court or sign up for a coaching group without having to be a member. For more information go to www.Liverpool.gov.uk/tennis. Sessions start for players as young as three- years-old with the oldest players attending weekly Vets Tennis on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There are many private tennis clubs in Liverpool which offer opportunities for social play, coaching and which also enter teams for in the Liverpool and District Tennis League. For an annual membership fee, adults and children can enjoy unlimited tennis at venues across the city and surrounding area. To find your nearest tennis club, go to www.lta.org.uk/play
A number of parks including Sefton Park, that have tennis courts, where anyone can enjoy tennis free of charge throughout the year.
If you enjoy watching tennis then every year you can watch the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, in the lead up to Wimbledon. This grass-court exhibition tournament takes place at Liverpool Cricket Club and you can see up-and-coming professional players in action alongside the legends of yester-year. To find out more, visit www.LiverpoolTennis.co.uk
There are many opportunities for disabled people to play tennis . Several venues offer weekly sessions, including Liverpool Tennis Centre, which runs weekly Downs Syndrome and Learning Disability Tennis sessions for children and adults. Very soon there will also be regular Wheelchair Tennis sessions ahead of the first ever Liverpool Wheelchair Tennis Open in August.
• February 2016: U18 County Cup at Liverpool Tennis Centre
• 15 – 19 June 2016: International Tennis Tournament at Liverpool Cricket Club
• 11 – 16 July 2016: Parks Tennis Tournament at Liverpool Tennis Centre