Did you miss out on tennis lessons as a kid but want to play?

Not all of us had the opportunity to learn what grip to use, how to volley or nail our serve technique when we were young, and for many, this can be the reason we don’t get out and give it a go now. We watch it on tv over the summer, we get inspired and think ‘I wish I could play tennis’. But then all the excuses and barriers kick in. We want to assure you that it’s not too late to start. In fact, it’s now easier than ever.

There are many ways you can make a start in tennis as an adult – through group or private coaching, social play or Cardio Tennis workouts. But there’s now a fun, new way that is specifically designed for adults who want to make a start in the sport and which creates a fun, friendly, non-competitive environment – called Get Into Cardio Tennis. And the best part is that during Premier’s Active April, you can try your first session for free.

Get Into Cardio Tennis is a low-impact, tennis-based group activity. It’s fun and social and delivered by people who understand what it’s like to be making a start to a new activity. There’s a major difference to Get Into Cardio Tennis than other tennis activities – it’s done in the park! Yes, the park! We don’t use tennis courts – or nets for that matter – and you’ll get a great workout in a safe and supportive environment. You don’t need to have any existing tennis ability or level of fitness to enjoy a session. You can see the program in action here.

In Get Into Cardio Tennis, you’ll do a warm up, series of game-based activities and a cool down. The activities have fun names like ‘caterpillar’ to ‘lobster’, ‘bingo’ and ‘know your neighbour’. You’ll clock up between 3,000-4,000 steps on your pedometer, increase your heart rate at a safe level, and build your confidence with a tennis racquet and ball. Over a period of a few weeks, the aim is to slowly and safely build your fitness and hitting ability, and then you might feel that you’re ready to take the next step at your local tennis club or centre into other activities. Or, you might prefer to stay in the park – there are loads of activities each week that will keep you occupied, busy and most importantly – moving!

One of our Get Into Cardio Tennis participants, Speroulla of Sunshine, has been doing the program on a regular basis. She says: ‘what I like about Get Into Cardio Tennis is that you’re able to exercise and have fun with locals and friends out in a beautiful park – so it’s out in the fresh air – it’s much better than going to the gym’.

Sign up for your first Get Into Cardio Tennis session for free during Premier’s Active April. Remember, it’s tennis, but not as you know it!