The Try Tennis for Free Campaign
Are you looking for a way to be more active? One option is the “Try Tennis for Free” campaign offered during the month of May 2014. Visit PlayTennis.com where you can find tennis facilities and teaching professionals in your area offering free events for beginners and returning tennis players.
A release from the site notes recent sports industry research shows that more than 15 million non-tennis players are interested in playing tennis, and another 13 million Americans "consider themselves" tennis players, even though they didn't play the sport in the previous year. With the new initiative by the tennis industry, these 28 million Americans are able to get into the game, or back into the game, for free.
The research came out of the 2014 Physical Activity Council (PAC) Participation Study, an annual report that is the largest single-source independent sports participation project in the country, evaluating 120 different sports and activities.
The “Try Tennis for Free” campaign is for players of all ages. The free sessions offered can vary depending on the location, as each individual facility or certified professional has the option to choose the best introductory session or programs they feel will encourage new and returning players to step onto the court. Free offers can include lessons, clinics, Cardio Tennis, USTA Play Days for kids, and more.
The release quotes Greg Mason, president of the Tennis Industry Association, as saying, "We simply want to get people to play tennis—it's one of the healthiest sports for kids and adults, and it’s also fun, social, and active.”
“Our research consistently shows that nearly 65 percent of new players who begin tennis in an introductory program continue on with the sport," says Jolyn de Boer, executive director of the TIA. "The ‘Try Tennis for Free’ promotion is an ideal way to bring new people to the game and bring back those who may have stopped playing tennis. The free instruction, clinics or other sessions offered at facilities and by teaching professionals will help ensure players get into this healthy sport properly, and have fun at the same time."