Walking Tennis is a fun and exciting new way of playing the game of tennis. If you’ve never played before, if you’ve had to give up regular tennis due to injury or ill health, or if you can’t manage the regular way of playing tennis anymore; walking tennis offers an ideal opportunity to learn new skills, improve your fitness and make new friends.
"It’s a great workout. It’s outdoors. It makes you feel great. You can learn from scratch. No previous experience required. Fantastic coaching." Alison
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Walking Tennis an adapted form of Tennis that is more inclusive, easier to learn, and great fun.
Playing walking tennis can help improve and maintain your strength.
Playing Walking Tennis will help improve and maintain joint mobility and flexibility.
Playing Walking Tennis will help improve both your physical and mental well-being by providing the opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals and learn a new skill.
Like all physical activity, playing walking tennis will improve your brain function thus improving memory and thinking skills.
‘I was made redundant and it hit me pretty hard. I was at retirement age but wasn’t on planning on stopping work. It was a difficult time and I had a void to fill so I wanted to try to get fit. I’d always been quite sporty but didn’t feel ready for full games of Tennis and that’s when I found Walking Tennis and it was ideal for me.
I was a bit nervous about going to my first session but it was great. I’ve met so many people and socially it’s just been fantastic- it’s so much more than just tennis.
I don’t sit down at home wondering what to do anymore and I’ve made some great friends through it. I’ve got a lot more confidence to join in with any group.‘
"I find this seemingly gentle game of tennis to be both fun and sociable. I enjoy learning tennis skills. I’ve noticed an improvement in my level of fitness and have become surprisingly more agile."
"It’s a great workout. It’s outdoors. It makes you feel great. You can learn from scratch. No previous experience required. Fantastic coaching."
"It is so good to be able to hit a ball- I love all the exercises – I have learnt so
Walking Tennis is a simplified version of the traditional game. The rules have been tweaked a little to make the game less demanding physically. There are two versions of the game: an indoor version played on a badminton size court (Walking Tennis 1) and an outdoor version played on a full-size (Walking Tennis 2).
Walking Tennis can be played by everyone, but it particularly suits players who are less physically able due to age, health conditions or tennis skills.
Walking Tennis is growing all the time and more clubs/venues are offering it as part of their programme. We recommend you contact your local club/venue to ask them if they are offering Walking Tennis classes.
Slightly different equipment is used for the two formats of the game. For Walking Tennis 1 a Tennis Red ball is used with a 21" racket and for Walking Tennis 2 a Tennis Orange ball is used with a full-size racket.