Around 800 get into Wimbledon spirit at Danson Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:18 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:33 12 July 2013

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray inspired people to play tennis at Danson Festival. Pic by Adam Davy

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray inspired people to play tennis at Danson Festival. Pic by Adam Davy

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Around 800 people got into the Wimbledon spirit by picking up a racket and playing tennis at the Danson Festival last weekend (July 6 and 7).

As Andy Murray was becoming the first British man to win the tournament since 1936, five LTA Mini Tennis courts were set up to be free to use for anyone who felt inspired by him to have a go at tennis themselves with the ages ranging from three year olds to 70 year olds.

Kent Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) were on hand to deliver the day through organising the courts and getting involved by playing tennis with members of the public who took to the pop-up courts.

LTA mini tennis is designed to give children ages three to ten the perfect introduction to the sport and with smaller courts, nets and rackets as well as lower bouncing balls.

Danson Park will be holding tennis is family time sessions beginning on Saturday (July 13) from 1.30pm 3.30pm. They will run for 10 weeks and cost just £3 for all the family to get involved.

Tudor Rowe, LTA tennis development manager for Kent, said: “We were delighted with the amount of people who got involved and had a go at tennis during the two days.

“Even before Andy Murray’s amazing win at Wimbledon people were very interested in trying out tennis and you could tell young and old were having a great time on our mini tennis courts.

“Hopefully lots of the families who turned up to have a go will continue to come back and play as a group during our family time sessions which are very affordable and should be a lot of fun.”

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