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Age UK Walking Tennis programme

787x274_man_walking_tennis.jpgAge UK has partnered with the LTA Tennis Foundation to encourage older people to get more active and join Walking Tennis groups in communities across the country.

Funding from the LTA Tennis Foundation will enable 8 local Age UKs to set up and deliver new Walking Tennis groups, with a goal to reach over 160 older people through the game over 2 years.

What is Walking Tennis?

Walking Tennis is a slower version of the traditional game, with a few rules that make it less physically demanding – but just as much fun.

It's open to everyone, whether or not you've played tennis before and regardless of age. It's great for the mind as well as the body and it’s a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy being part of a team.

The rules that make Walking Tennis different to the traditional version are:

  • players can’t run or jump
  • players are allowed to let the ball bounce twice
  • it can be played on a smaller court with modified equipment, such as softer balls and lighter rackets.

Why is Walking Tennis important?

Walking Tennis enables anybody – whether they are life-long tennis players, players who have had to give up, or those completely new to the sport – to give tennis a go, keeping their mind and body active whilst meeting new people and above all, having fun.

This partnership aims to bring Walking Tennis opportunities to older people who are most at risk of physical inactivity. New Walking Tennis groups will specifically support older people:

  • from lower socio-economic groups
  • living with long-term health conditions
  • living with a disability
  • from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • women.

Where can I find Walking Tennis?

Walking Tennis will be available between July 2024 and September 2025 at 8 local Age UKs across England. 

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Ladies Walking Tennis: Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm, at Corporation Park, West Park Road, Blackburn BB2 6DF - starts 2 July 2024.

Over 50s Walking Tennis: Mondays, 2-3pm, at Darwen Tennis Club, Sunnyhurst Lane, Darwen BB3 1JT - starts 1 July 2024.

Cost: £2.00

How to book: email or call 01254 266 620

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Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees

Wednesdays 10-11.30am, at Queens Sports Club, Moorlands View, Halifax
HX1 2XQ - starts 10 July 2024. 

Cost: free

How to book: email or call 01422 252040. 

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Age UK Devon

Exmouth: Thursdays, 10-11.30am at  Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre, Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth, EX8 3AE - from 4 July 2024. 

Sidmouth: Tuesdays, 11-12.30pm at Coburg Fields Tennis Courts, Coburg Terrace, Sidmouth, EX10 8NH - from 9 July. 

Cost: £4.00 per session with a free taster session on 4 and 9 July. 

How to book: email or call 0333 241 2340. 

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Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire

Fridays 11.45-12.45pm, at Age UK Activity Centre, Park Street, Lincoln. LN1 1UQ

Tuesdays 10.30-11.30am, at Dunholme Tennis Centre, Dunholme, Lincoln LN2 3SU

How to book: email or call 0345 556 4144

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Age UK Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

Market Drayton: Mondays 2.30-3.30pm, at Market Drayton Tennis Club, Greenfields Lane, Market Drayton TF9 3SL - starts 15 July 2024.

Shrewsbury: Tuesdays 10-11am, at the Cathie Sabin Community Tennis Centre, beside the Shrewsbury Club, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4RG - starts 9 July 2024.

Cost: £4.00

How to book: email or call 01743 233 123

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Age UK South Kent Coast

Mondays 11-12.30pm, at Folkestone Sports Centre, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone CT19 5HX - starts 8 July 2024

Cost: £6.00

How to book: email or call 01304 372608. 

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Age UK Sutton

Ladies Walking Tennis: Wednesdays 10-11am at Sutton Tennis and Squash Club, 19 Devonshire Rd, Sutton SM2 5HH - starts from September 2024. 

For anyone living with a long term health condition: Mondays, 11am – 12pm, at Sutton Tennis and Squash Club, 19 Devonshire Rd, Sutton SM2 5HH - starts from September 2024. 

How to book: email call 07702 167 566.


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Age UK Waltham Forest

Chingford: Tuesdays 12-1.00pm, at Ridgeway Park Tennis Courts, Old Church Rd, London E4 6RS

Walthamstow: Fridays 2-3.00pm, at Lloyd Park Tennis Courts, Forest Rd, London E17 4PP

Cost: £4.00

How to book: email or call 020 8558 5512


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Evaluation and learning

The Walking Tennis Programme is being formally evaluated. The evaluation will consider:

  1. Why did older people choose to join the Walking Tennis groups? And what did they think of Walking Tennis?
  2. Why did older people who attended regularly continue to do so? And what prevented those not participating regularly from doing so?
  3. What are the key factors local Age UK’s and other organisations need to consider when organising, promoting and providing Walking Tennis for older people, and to ensure that the sessions are sustainable after the project funding has finished?

The evaluation and other learnings from this programme will be available on this webpage and help support the long term development of the game.

How can I get more information?

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For more information, please email or visit the Lawn Tennis Association website.

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Last updated: Jul 16 2024

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