Tennis is an incredible sport that you should be playing for many reasons. Not only does it build strength and fitness, but it has a wide range of mental and emotional benefits. These include building self-confidence and self-esteem, reducing stress, and maintaining cognitive abilities. Playing tennis can help to improve your mental awareness and assertiveness, lower your levels of depression, and help you develop self-control. As tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it can even help to generate new connections in the brain, encouraging continued brain development!
Tennis is also great for your social life as it allows you to meet people, spend time with your friends, widen your social circles and build networks. No matter your age or skill level, you can join a league, participate in a group lesson, or play casually with friends.
Whether you’re looking to stay in touch with old friends, of make new ones, tennis is a great way of bringing people together.
Using tennis to make (and stay in touch with) friends
As we get older, it’s common to see our circle of friends getting smaller as people start careers, move, get married, and have families, while we get caught up in our own lives. However, socialising is essential to our health; it’s so important to regularly connect with others.
Participating in a sport or regular group activity like tennis is a great way to make and spend time with friends as it provides a framework for consistency and the opportunity to meet up on a regular basis.
Playing tennis gives you opportunity to have fun together, build skills and develop alongside one another, working on your communication and team skills. If you’re playing doubles or are in a group, you’ll build trust and rapport as you work together and play by the same set of rules. Having a shared interest will make it easier to connect, while participation in the activity creates natural reasons for interaction.
As tennis is suitable for all ages and skill levels, whatever your level, you’ll find someone of a similar ability to play with. It’s not dependent on youth or strength, so you can play for a lifetime or start the game at any age, making friends as you go along.
At David Lloyd Clubs, we offer a number of fun group tennis classes and activities where you’ll learn new skills and develop your game in a social environment.
Fast Track Tennis
Fast Track Tennis is a coaching course for beginners where you learn the fundamentals of tennis in a fun environment with a small group of players. Learn to serve, volley and pick up the basics of the forehand and backhand.
On Track Tennis
This is the next step on from Fast Track Tennis, allowing you to take what you have learned in the beginner stage to the next level. 90 minute lessons will give you more time to hone your skills. The course aims to move you to a stage where you can hold your own with friends when enjoying a social game.
Cardio tennis is a high energy fitness activity on court that combines the best features of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate full body, calorie-burning aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Cardio tennis is for people of all ages, ability and fitness levels. No tennis experience is required – it’s as much about having fun and getting moving as it is about tennis skills.
High energy, coach- led rally drills to improve your game and keep your heart racing. A great way to develop your skills and add shots to your repertoire whilst keeping fit and healthy. These sessions are split into different ability levels – our expert coaches will quickly be able to place you in a group which suits your level.
To find out more about playing tennis at David Lloyd Clubs, contact your local club today.