26 Nov Leaping Ahead
A Partnership with Charlton Athletic Community Trust
At TwistFizz we believe that tennis is a fun sport that everyone can enjoy, and we want more young people to start playing. We think tennis should be open to everyone, so we are creating programmes that anyone can take part in. And it doesn’t matter whether you know anything about tennis – we just want more kids to come and give it a go.
Right now we’re really chuffed to be selected as a Community Partner for Charlton Athletic. Not only do Charlton Athletic have a fantastic Greenwich-based football team -currently holding their own in league one – they also do some wonderful work in the community. Their charitable arm is called Charlton Athletic Community Trust, or CACT, and they champion a number of important services on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, including youth activities through Young Greenwich.
Together we’re aiming to get more young people aged between 10 and 19, who are living in and around Eltham North, into the park and playing tennis all year round.
About the sessions
Sessions are absolutely free and take place every Thursday between 17.15 and 18.15 under the flood-lights at Eltham Park South. If you’re aged between 10 and 19 then come down and check it out. There are lots of top tips, some tactical play and fun team competitions to help game development. That’s not all, there’s also an opportunity for players to combine their tennis practice with a Tennis Leaders work-shop, improving racket and leadership skills all at once.
All our tennis lessons are delivered by an LTA-qualified tennis coach. Players are welcome to sign up in advance and try it out with no strings attached.
Give it a try
We love introducing beginners to tennis, so even if you’ve never picked up a racquet before, we want to meet you. You may be surprised by just how much fun tennis can be. We look forward to seeing you on the court.
About Young Greenwich
Young Greenwich partners with youth and community organisations across the borough to deliver free experiences for young people. Young people are encouraged to participate in positive activities and are provided with new paths into recreational and structured activities run by the Trust and partner agencies.
There is also emphasis on creating pathways into employment and turning young people into positive role models. These include personal improvement programmes centred on education, health, social inclusion, citizenship and community working across different strands.
We’re super grateful to CACT for giving us this opportunity, and we’re keen to ensure that new and experienced players get value out of the sessions. So far 15 young people have played tennis with us; we feel there are far more that haven’t yet heard about the free tennis. Spread the word, there really is stuff for teenagers to do in the park that’s as cheap as chips!