Fit for life!
Words: Bekah Anstey
Images: Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club (CLTC)
Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club are holding an open day on the 7th July from 1-4pm, there’s no need to book you can simply turn up and give it a go! Enjoy a FREE group coaching session - for all ages and abilities. Find out about the club’s holiday camps for kids and enjoy the amazing indoor & outdoor facilities. Here’s why you should give it a go…
I am certainly no tennis expert, but I have seen the impact that tennis has on both Simon and Eva when they have played at Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club. They come back high on life, full of positivity and bouncing off the walls. Now we all know that any form of exercise releases endorphins which triggers positivity in life, it also controls weight and improves overall well-being. However, tennis gives you that something extra. It is known to boost brain power, yes boost brain power! I should get myself down to the tennis courts pronto! Tennis requires the brain to be creative, and it involves planning, tactical thinking, agility and the coordination of different parts of the body. Studies show exercises that require a lot of thinking — such as tennis — can improve brain function in ways that aid memory, learning, social skills and behaviour.
Charlie at Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club has launched an initiative in Chesterfield to get key stage 1 and 2 children involved in tennis to help improve brain power and develop lots of key skills. Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club are taking tennis on the road and running taster sessions in schools, so far, they have seen a whopping 2,000 age 4 -8-year olds, 76 of which are now regular tennis players at the club. They turn up with equipment and a lesson plan to work with children to help improve coordination, confidence, teamwork and communication.
I met with Charlie and was inspired by the work they are doing within our local community, here is what he had to say.
‘My philosophy is to let the children have fun, it’s important for children at this age to enjoy physical activity to ensure they continue with it. It’s my job as a coach to make sure the sessions are fun, engaging and super active’
"The best part of my job is to see the children that possibly wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play tennis, really enjoy our sessions and want to get involved more, this is very rewarding. The smiles and laughter from the children are also another great part of my job, if they’re laughing, I know I’m doing something right."
"The children of Hasland Junior School had an outstanding day at the Tennis Roadshow. Children left the session having developed an interest in tennis and loved the coaching they received"
Callum Hiron: P.E Coordinator - Hasland Junior School
For more information call Charlie
01246 238 798