IMPACT Tennis are looking to recruit more players, of any age or ability, to their base in Stafford as the LTA strives to halt the alarming decline in tennis participation.
Nick Williams and Stuart Twigg, owners of Impact Tennis, have been involved in playing and teaching tennis for a combined 60 years.
They have a wealth of knowledge of the game that they hope to pass on to the next generation of tennis-goers, with Stafford Grammar school being outlined as a venue that they wish to expand.
The school, on the outskirts of Stafford, is ideally situated with nearby access to the M6, and everyone is welcome to go there to play, not just children.
“We don’t want to just be seen as elitist, we’re not only about producing players. Obviously that’s part of it, but at the moment our sole aim is to grow participation levels,” Williams said.
“In Stafford we would like a range of new members of all ages and abilities.”
The tennis coaching at the school is open for everyone to attend and run all year round on the floodlit courts and the indoor sports hall. They also host regular competitions and social events for parents.
After-school clubs are on offer for children who are particularly keen on beginning a possible career in tennis.
Mini tennis is employed, which is a fun and exciting way to introduce kids to the sport. The modified equipment, including smaller balls, nets and rackets, allows them to enjoy playing and stops the ball from constantly bouncing over their heads, which can become frustrating.
Impact Tennis provide primary school teacher courses, too, in which they train teachers to teach tennis. This is in the hope that school's will be able to start producing quality, well-developed players themselves, instead of kids having to join their local club for coaching.
"Over the last month we’ve seen probably about 60-100 teachers, and we aim to train more in the future," added Williams.