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Lymington tennis coaching firm Tennis 21 wins Hampshire LTA award

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A LOCAL tennis coaching company based at Lymington Tennis Club has won a Hampshire LTA award for innovation.

Tom Ellis’s firm, Tennis 21, has won the 2021 Peter Grinyer Innovation Award after helping to regrow Lymington Tennis Club with its approach to affordable group lessons.

In November 2019, the club’s previous coach left a sign on the door to say that he could not make a living from coaching, and the council put a lock on the courts.

Tennis 21 founder Tom Ellis teaching youngsters at Lymington Tennis Club
Tennis 21 founder Tom Ellis teaching youngsters at Lymington Tennis Club

Since then, the four-court club has become a member-run organisation and is thriving.

Tennis 21 will only use 12% of courts for lessons and will never use more than two of the courts for coaching at all times, leaving club members free to continue playing whenever they wish.

Ellis offers free membership to several children who receive free school meals at local schools, and he employs two young coaches (one is a member of Lymington Tennis Club).

To access regular coaching, you must be a member of Tennis 21 and classes are paid for by a monthly direct debit and bookings are done on the TeamUp app.

Ellis has attracted members by offering unlimited classes for £1 for the first month and has had 560 local people take this offer, from across the community.

After that, members can attend three sessions per week for £40 or pay £28 for one session per week.

These include Cardio, Shot Focus, Better Doubles and Tennis Xpress, with sessions in the afternoon for juniors.

For more details about Tennis 21, visit tennis21.co.uk or got to lymingtontennis.co.uk

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