East Riding of Yorkshire Council has received National Lottery funding of £8,943 which will be used to deliver the ‘Serves Tennis’ programme in Withernsea.
Part of the Active Communities Everywhere project, the programme aims to encourage young people in deprived areas to have access to fun and engaging tennis sessions. It is especially aimed at those children who would not otherwise have access to such activities.
The council already runs the programme successfully in Bridlington, and the new funding will enable it to replicate the project in Withernsea.
Taster sessions for ‘Serves Tennis’ were held in Withernsea before Christmas, and now free weekly sessions are held every Tuesday in the Sports Hall at East Riding Leisure Withernsea from 4pm -5.30pm.
The sessions are for children and young people aged 11-19; booking is not required, and participants can just turn up.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for transforming lifestyles, said: “The ‘Serves Tennis’ programme provides so much more than just teaching a new sport skill. It also helps to bring young people together to enjoy themselves and in the process make healthier lifestyle choices and who knows what hidden talent might be out there?

“I am absolutely delighted that we are now able to run the scheme in Withernsea as well as Bridlington, thanks to this National Lottery funding.”
The ‘Serves Tennis’ programme is delivered in Bridlington and Withernsea to help young people develop health and self-confidence through empowering them to develop their knowledge through activities and games relating to tennis. The sessions are targeted for young people aged 11 and over, and aim to get young people off the streets and active within sport, reducing the risk of anti-social behaviour in society.

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