Ever wanted to learn to play tennis but thought it would be too expensive? 

I really enjoy playing tennis, so much so that I've even travelled across the country to take part in both indoor and outdoor tournaments. Now I'm no champion tennis player, but getting out on a tennis court and playing gives me a great buzz.

Here's the thing. Tennis is actually quite hard to play properly. It's a very technical game with many skills to develop if you're going to really enjoy something more than simply trying to get the ball over the net and into court. But it can be very daunting to turn up at a tennis club as a complete beginner, and it can be quite expensive too. Some indoor clubs charge as much as £35 for a single lesson. You can look up coaching on the internet, download videos and find a willing partner with whom to try and put what you see into action, but self-correcting isn't easy.

I'd like to help you get started and want to make learning to play tennis fun and affordable. There are several ways to get started.

Based in South Ockendon, Essex, we've started using a couple of local courts to help people develop the basic skills to enjoy tennis. 

Small groups lessons and private 1-to-1 lessons are available. 

Group lessons cost just £4* a session and are typically paid in 6-10 week blocks**. We run a junior group for mixed ages from 5-8 on Sunday morning between 9:00-10:00am.  

Based at the May & Baker Social Club, Dagenham, we can offer group and individual lessons on two newly refurbished courts through our tennis programme there.

Private lessons are just £20 per hour.

* The minimum number for a group is 5. 

** Paid in advance. In the event of a week having to be cancelled it will be rescheduled at the end of the 6 or 10 week period. Non-attendance at a session is non-refundable.