Longley Community Sports Club in Almondbury has some great facilities and an open day is being held to encourage people to give tennis a try.

We Do Tennis CIC has recently teamed up with the Longley club to help it boost participation – and numbers are rising.

We Do Tennis has 85 venues across the country with Longley their newest site. Company directors Chris Cash and Alan Cutts are both coaches. Chris is a level 5 masters performance coach and Alan is a level 4 club development coach.

Alan said: “We provide tennis coaching, education projects, we run clubs from top to bottom or just selected parts. We have various courses people can book onto and this is all done nationwide and now we are bringing it to Longley.

“We took over at Longley about two months ago. Before we started there were just a few kids having a few lessons each week. We’ve come in and revamped that, it’s very exciting for us. 

“The facility is magnificent at the Longley site, an indoor and outdoor court, automated lights and great systems so we are really happy with what we have to work with there.

“We have had six weeks of LTA courses running and we are planning another six weeks very shortly. To take part it’s only £34.99 and for that you get six weeks of quality coaching and children get a free racket, balls, T-shirt and a certificate.

“It’s the same offer for adults minus the free racket. The good thing about this course is that it’s available every Friday night and Saturday morning and you don’t need to be a member, just come along and see if you like it.” 

We Do Tennis has an open day planned for Sunday July 3 at the Longley club. The day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5pm. It is free to attend with sessions lasting 45 minutes on the day. Sessions are led by an LTA-accredited coach. 

See the poster below to find out all the details. 

On the open day Alan said: “We are hoping lots of people attend and we are working in conjunction with several schools. We are putting on a number of free tennis sessions at these schools and hopefully that encourages some of the kids to come along.” 

We Do Tennis will also be putting on more coaching courses and these start at Longley on July 9. Again see the poster below for details.

We Do Tennis will also be running holiday camps for those kids who want to get involved in the sport. These will be running in the last week of July.

Alan added: “We have lots planned for the Longley site. We can make it a real community hub and we are very excited with what we can develop there.

“We build our sessions around being accessible to people of all ages and abilities. We have a former GB wheelchair player on board with us as well called Tony Knappett which is great. 

“Longley is a big focus for us because it’s such a fantastic facility. We want to help the club boost membership and get to a point where we are seeing upwards of 150 kids using the club whether that’s regularly playing the sport or just going once a week for a 45-minute session. 

“We are looking to grow the club in every which way and make it as successful as our other venues.” 

If you want to find out more about We Do Tennis click the link HERE