The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Dundonald Rec Tennis Club (DRTC) are sponsoring free coached tennis sessions for families in Dundonald Rec.  Following the huge success of the ‘Great British Tennis Weekends’ and the ‘Olympic Legacy’  programme which provides free after school sessions for children, the number of people playing tennis in the area has dramatically increased. The LTA and DRTC want to build upon this success to ensure people continue their involvement in the sport and yet more people take-up tennis. Dr Ernesto Pinto, chair of DRTC said,

“We are thrilled that the LTA has selected our club to deliver these sessions, we have great expectations for tennis in the Rec.” “Our dream would be, by the introduction of children to tennis at a young age, to have, one day in the future, a local Wimbledon Champion!” “Tennis is a great fun way to get the family playing and being active together, whilst learning a new skill.”

During the free ‘family times’ sessions equipment (such as rackets, mini-nets, balls etc.) will be available for use free of charge. A professional tennis coach will also be on-hand to give tips and encouragement. The first of the set of six sessions will take place on Sunday 20th  July at 12.00 in the morning and last for an hour. To book a place on a session please e-mail –

Mayor of Merton and Gold Medalist Olympian to support tennis programme at Dundonald Rec.

L1010991This Saturday, 22nd June, from 12.00 noon Dundonald Rec Tennis Club (DRTC) is officially launching its Olympic Legacy Programme (OLP). This programme is already benefiting more than 200 people of all ages and abilities.

DRTC is particularly keen to introduce young children to tennis. The club is presently working with local schools offering free after-school Olympic Legacy sessions.

Mrs Tina Dunking, Secretary of the Club said:

“The response from local parents to our Olympic programme has been overwhelming. We’re now aiming to offer coaching during school hours to aid local schools to improve their sport curriculum.”

“We also would like parents to play tennis when their children are at school, helping to improve the health and well-being of the family as a whole”

The Olympic Legacy programme has been welcomed by the Mayor of Merton who has kindly agreed to formally launch the programme on 22 June.

We are also thrilled and proud to receive the support of a local Gold Medalist from the 2012 London Games. Miss Sophie Hosking MBE said:

“I am fully behind the Olympic Legacy programme. Getting more kids involved in sport and being active is something I feel very passionately about. Staying fit, healthy and active is important for kids of all ages and it is great to see my local borough recognising this.”
Dundonald Rec Tennis Club’s efforts to encourage the playing of tennis by all ages and abilities has been hailed as “laudable” by the All England Tennis Club who has supported the club initiative with a generous donation of equipment.

Dr Ernesto Pinto, Chairman of the Club said:

“We are delighted by the terrific support from all sectors of the community; children and parents, sportsmen and women, Councillors, local schools, everyone is loving the opportunity to have a go at playing this great game.

We invite everyone to join our fun day filled with tennis in Dundonald Rec. This will be a great tennis season opener, with the Wimbledon Championships beginning two days later.

Olympic Legacy free session places are going – nearly gone

FREE TENNIS POSTER PHOTO SMALLFantastic response to the ‘Olympic legacy sessions’.  Only a few places available for the red ball sessions (children 4 – 10 years of age).

One of the two cardio-tennis sessions is already fully booked, only limited places available for the second one.  Beginners sessions are also booking-up fast.  What a great way to start the new season!

Book your place before it’s too late.



Cardio Tennis is a series of tennis based drills and activities played to up-tempo music on a tennis court. It does not require tennis skills, but is all about keeping your heart rate up, burning calories and having fun. Whether the ball goes in or out is irrelevant as the main purpose is to get fit.

Free trial session, only limited places book yours now