More than 1200 school children at primary schools in Bodmin, Wadebridge and St Austell have taken part in free taster tennis sessions.

GLL, which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres on behalf of the Council, jointly funded the scheme with the Tennis Foundation. The aim was to introduce children to the sport and increase grass roots participation.

Led by highly experienced tennis coach Phil Leighton from Cross Sports, accompanied by tennis coaches from Better Bodmin Leisure Centre, the events were well received by those taking part – all of whom received a certificate and an invitation to a series of tennis open days. More than 400 children came along to those as well – watching demonstrations and taking part in activities that included inflatable targets and rallying.

“The roadshow was a fantastic, enjoyable way of showcasing tennis to a large number of young people and hopefully inspiring them to become the next generation of tennis champions,” said Steve Holmes, Tennis Manager at Bodmin. “It was wonderful to see so many children on court, having fun.”

GLL is the UK’s largest charitable leisure social enterprise.  GLL’s Sport Foundation supports and encourages thousands of athletes throughout the country – including 95 this year in Cornwall alone.