Free Junior Summer Tennis begins for another season on Monday, June 24 throughout the Lakes Region for kids grades 1-8 and even adults in some locations! Franklin, Tilton, Moltonborough, Meredith, Laconia, and Gilford are all part of the Advantage Kids Free Summer Tennis program.
In Franklin, lessons are at Odell Park on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm. Kids grades 1-8 are welcome to participate in this series, for free, regardless of their level of experience. Certified tennis pros with decades of coaching experience are leading the free-of-charge lessons thanks to local nonprofit organization Advantage Kids.
Advantage Kids Tennis lessons also take place in Tilton at the Tilton School also on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, at Moultonborough’s Suissevale Courts on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, at the Meredith Tennis Courts on Monday & Wednesdays, in Laconia at Memorial Field Tuesdays & Thursdays, and in Gilford at the Gilford Village Field Courts on Mondays & Wednesdays.
Kids don’t need any experience, or even equipment, to be introduced to the lifelong sport of tennis. The programs focus on developing the skills necessary to serve, rally, and score – so it’s perfect for first time tennis players.
Once skills are developed, the kids will be playing fun organized team matches, using modified tennis balls, racquets, and court sizes so players can learn and play in a low-stress, high-fun environment. Net Generation, the youth-half of the United States Tennis Association, is sponsoring an end-of-the-season Team Challenge.
“Free tennis is the reason we started Advantage Kids,” says Board President and local tennis hero, Tim James. “Programs like ours are how I got my start, right here in Laconia.”
Advantage Kids offers free junior summer tennis lessons and events throughout the Lakes Region and New Hampshire. Most of the programs are free and all are facilitated by tennis coaches that are background checked and certified by the US Tennis Association.
“We have a good time,” coach Kamal Gosine says of the summer tennis lessons, and adds, “Kids come back every year to play.”
Registration for any Advantage Kids program is online through their website, AdvantageKids.net. A complete list of programs, times, locations, and ages is available there. Programs run twice weekly in each location from June 24 – August 5, and are open to the public regardless of experience.