Charity Feature - Tennis For Free
What is Tennis for Free?
Tennis for Free (TFF) is a registered charity which has been providing free coach led tennis sessions and FREE access to tennis courts in local parks around the UK, targeting all members of the community, especially children from low income families. Starting in the Mitcham and Merton areas by Tony Hawks and a team of volunteers including David Arulanandam, TFF is now linked to around 100 venues across the country, with 4 sites currently operating in Surrey.
Manor Park – Aldershot
Court Recreation Ground – Epsom
Joseph Hood Recreation Ground – Merton
Tamworth Recreation Ground – Mitcham
David Arulanandam and his team coach 50 Saturdays per year (weather permitting) from 10:00-12:30 at Joseph Hood Recreation Ground – Merton and 1:00-2:30 at Tamworth Recreation Ground – Mitcham. TFF welcomes all members of the local community from children as young as 5 through all ages of adults, with at least one over 80 player on their books. The sessions are family friendly and suited to the whole family coming down at the same time, drawing in 30-50 juniors and 20-30 adults to each of the 2 sites. Sessions are split into sub-groups to accommodate differing standards – ‘Parent and Child Group’, ‘Beginners’ and ‘Improvers+’. More information about the drills and games used is available on the Tennis for Free website https://tennisforfree.com/TFF-Session.html.
What can you do to help?
Do you or your club have any unwanted new or used rackets? David is looking for 15-20 childrens’ rackets and 15-20 adults’ rackets for each of his sites.
Can you provide any red or orange balls for his Parent and Child Groups? David has ample yellow balls as one of David’s volunteers collects used balls from local clubs every month.
Can you help refurbish used rackets with new grips or strings? This may be a short term or shared role, as David’s current volunteer is unwell and not able to help at the moment.
Would you like to help during the sessions? Although David has a team of volunteers and parents helping, there is always room for more. Even if you cannot commit to every weekend, your help would be appreciated.
If you can help David with any of the above or in any other way, please contact him directly on his mobile: 07908 140 527.
For more information about TFF, check out their website: tennisforfree.com