Ace free tennis sessions are a big hit in Exeter

A bid to get more people playing tennis in Exeter has been declared a big hit – with more than 363 residents taking part in the free events.

Tennis for FREE (TFF) sessions began on the city council-owned courts at Cowick Barton Playing Fields last September.

The authority says it has been delighted with the take-up since.

Coach Steve Ashton, who has been delivering the sessions in partnership with the City Council and registered charity Tennis for FREE, said he has been impressed with the support from local families and individuals.

He added: “The sessions have been incredibly popular but it doesn’t stop here.

“Summer may be behind us, but the sessions continue all year round on Saturday mornings from 9am until 10:30am.

“Anyone can get involved and you don’t need to have any tennis experience.”

The sessions are run by enthusiastic and qualified coaches and volunteers and all equipment is provided.

People are advised to book the sessions in advance to avoid disappointment.

Councillor Ollie Pearson, Exeter City Council’s lead for leisure and physical activity, said: “It’s great to see these courts being so well used.

“Just over a year ago we made the decision to resurface the courts and bring them up to a suitable standard. Knowing that people are enjoying using them makes that investment worthwhile.”

Sessions take place on Saturday mornings at 9am. Book a place here.

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