We are lucky enough here, at Oxford Parks Tennis, to have a long standing partnership with Give It Your Max - a charity dedicated to introducing and teaching tennis to children. It is through their support that we are able to go into primary schools in Oxfordshire and provide tennis coaching to children between 5 and 10 years old.
On Tuesday, we were invited to take one very fortunate youngster for a special day of tennis at Wimbledon.
Kieran and his mum joined coach Ralph at a day hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. There was a session playing on the courts where all the pros warm up during the Wimbledon Championships, led by Dan Bloxham, the Head Coach at the club. Dan is a Level 5 coach who while putting the children through their paces, also gave the coaches who attended an insight into the methods he uses while running sessions as part of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative.
All our coaches are committed to enhancing their skills, so they can help you improve your game and Ralph made the most of the opportunity to network with his peers as well as pick up some new ideas from Dan, which he can use during his sessions, both in schools and Parks.
Everybody was then treated to a 'behind the scenes' tour of Wimbledon. Even for those, like Ralph, who have been lucky enough to visit during the tournament, seeing the grounds when they are empty and quiet was very special.
The cathedral like hush on Centre Court was a bit different to the atmosphere during a typical Mini-Red session!
We wanted to say a huge thank you to Give It Your Max for an inspirational day and for the chance to continue to spread the love of tennis in our own community.