Southwick tennis coach joins former British star player for mini Wimbledon session

A Southwick tennis coach joined a former British star player for a mini Wimbledon session, giving schoolchildren an opportunity to try the sport. Helen Mitchell, coach at Sussex County Lawn Tennis Club in Southwick, worked with Julie Hobbs, who won eight singles titles and 25 doubles titles on the ITF circuit, and two other tennis coaches at the Tennis for Kids session next to the British Airways i360 in Brighton.

Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 11:23 am
Tennis for Kids on Brighton seafront

Helen said: “It was a great event to be part of and hopefully the kids had a brilliant time doing something a bit different. That’s the whole point of these courses, for kids to have fun, learn new skills and do something they may never have tried before.” Sussex County Tennis Club, in Kingston Lane, will be running a number of Tennis for Kids courses across the summer and into the new school year. To find out more and sign-up for a place visit clubspark.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids

Children from Balfour and Hertford primary schools at the Tennis for Kids session
Children from Balfour and Hertford primary schools taking part in the Tennis for Kids session in Brighton
Former British and Wimbledon star Julie Hobbs at the Tennis for Kids session on Brighton seafront
Brighton tennis coach Sam Oakley, from the Angmering-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club hall of fame
From left, Brighton councillor Alan Robbins, LTA head of region John Golding, coaches Helen Mitchell, Sam Oakley, Jimmy Smith and Julie Hobbs with children from Balfour and Hertford primary schools
Schoolchildren taking part in the Tennis for Kids session on Brighton seafront
Tennis coach Jimmy Smith from Queens Park Tennis Club with the children
Tennis for Kids on Brighton seafront
Tennis for Kids on Brighton seafront