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Free tennis sessions & coaching
400+ weekend events in England, Scotland & WalesExpired
If your kids dream of being the next Andy Murray or Johanna Konta, you can net free tennis sessions or coaching as part of Big Tennis Weekends, organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), at more than 350 venues across England, Scotland and Wales.
There are 400+ events planned between now and September, the majority spread over the weekend of 28-29 Sep. So the ball's in your court to decide when and where to play. Plus, the LTA says more events will likely be added.
Events and activities vary between venues, but will include cardio tennis, coaching and free play. It's aimed at young families, but everyone is welcome - all ages and abilities (though under-18s must be accompanied by an adult). Rackets and balls will be provided.
How to book
The LTA suggests you visit its website to book online in advance, but in some cases it's fine to turn up on the day as long as there's room. At some smaller venues, you won't be able to book in advance - just turn up. But it's always worth calling ahead to prevent a wasted trip.
Excludes Northern Ireland. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult, but they don't need to participate. Although it's completely free to take part, there may be a charge for off-court additional activities and extras, such as food.
If you book online, you'll be asked to create a ClubSpark account (if you don't have one already). It's a free booking system run by a third party called SportLabs (a software and digital services company). You'll have to agree to it and/or LTA contacting you, sending information and using your personal details.
You can opt out of being sent marketing material and it sharing your details with other third parties though. It's all explained when you register.
You can cancel your account after the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Check Tennis For Free's website to see if there are free tennis courts available for use in your local area.
Tennis for Free works with local councils to provide free 'walk on and play' court access on as many parks as possible, so there's a good chance you'll be able to use a court year-round.
Check out Tennis For Free's website to see if there are free coaching sessions available in your area - you'll then just need to pre-book your place online. The sessions mostly run during weekends and are currently only available for those aged 12 and over (previously aged three and over), but if restrictions ease from Mon 21 Jun, it's likely this could change to include younger children again.
Tennis For Free has told us the sessions aren't professional coaching, but instead they're more focused on having fun. A session lasts for 1.5 hours - you'll spend the first hour with a coach/assistant and the final half hour as 'Open Play'.
You'll need to take your own racquets with you as it's unable to loan equipment at this time. It's also told us face coverings are not required, but social distancing measures will be in place.
See our Kids activities, days out & school holiday page for more ideas.
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Fresh strawberries & cream round-up
Cheapest prices for 400g punnets & 300ml single creamExpired
If you're stocking up on strawberries and cream for Wimbledon (or just want to enjoy them anyway), we’ve served up a round-up of the best supermarket prices for fresh strawberry punnets (400g or nearest equivalent) and 300ml fresh single cream pots to net you the best deal.
Here's what we found when we looked on Tue 2 Jul:
- £1.69 for the strawberries at Lidl (find your nearest), in stores only.
- £1.69 for the strawberries at Aldi (find your nearest), in stores only (cream 85p)
- £2 for 454g of strawberries at Asda*, in stores and online (cream* 89p)
- £2 for 400g of strawberries at Tesco*, in stores and online (cream* 99p)
- £2 for 400g of strawberries at Iceland*, in stores and online (cream* £1)
- £2 for 400g of strawberries at Sainsbury's*, in stores and online (cream* £1)
- £2 for 400g of strawberries at Waitrose*, in stores and online (cream* £1)
- £2 for 350g of strawberries at Morrisons*, in stores and online (cream* £1)
1kg of strawberries from £4
It's always worth checking the 'price per kg' to see if you'll save more with a larger pack (only if you'll eat them before they go off). Morrisons* and Waitrose* were the only stores where we found a larger, better value punnet.
They're £4 at Morrisons for 1kg and £4.50 at Waitrose for 1kg, so the ball is in your court what you choose.
Morrisons also offers wonky strawberries* for £1 for 227g. However, at £4.41 per kg you'd be better off buying the 1kg box if you'll eat 'em, but if you only need a few the wonky option could be a good choice.
Dairy-free cream from 85p