Cardio tennis session in the Exeter Tennis Centre

Tennis centre receives funding

The Exeter Tennis Centre has been awarded £903.98 by the Tennis Foundation (the charitable arm of the LTA). The Centre’s bid for the grant was focused on two main areas; developing the delivery of high quality cardio tennis sessions and to run a charity tennis tournament.

Cardio tennis is a series of tennis-based drills and activities played to up-tempo music on a tennis court. It does not require tennis skills, but is all about keeping your heart rate up, burning calories and having fun. Whether the ball goes in or out is irrelevant as the main purpose is to get fit. The Tennis Centre currently delivers a cardio tennis session for students on Thursdays 1-2pm and one aimed at staff and the local community on Tuesday evenings 7-8pm.  The University Tennis Coordinator Angela Law was responsible for securing the funding and said “we can now afford to send 3 people on the cardio tennis instructor’s course which will help us develop these sessions further. We are also going to use some of the funding to purchase specialist cardio equipment such as red and orange balls, ladders and heart rate monitors which will all add to the enjoyment and help participants get the most out of these sessions.” Look out for the series of free cardio taster sessions in the near future. 

The charity tournament will run later this academic year and will be aimed at students who don't necessarily play tennis, as a fun way to introduce the sport to them. It will be a team based event and the Tennis Centre is expecting to receive entries from various AU clubs and societies. Representatives from the Tennis Club are even offering teams the opportunity for informal coaching / training sessions to increase their chances of winning but more importantly maximising their enjoyment. The event is being organised by the Angela Law who said “prizes and the selected charity are still yet to be decided and we are currently seeking a sponsor. The grant will contribute significantly towards this event by covering most of the court costs for the day.”   

If you have any queries regarding cardio tennis sessions or the charity tournament please contact Angela Law on 01392 723699.

Date: 18 November 2011