Swindon Mayor Michael Barnes dropped in to the new David Lloyd Leisure club to see how coaches have been helping primary school pupils get a grip of the game.
Coaches from the new club, which opened on 16 July, have been into two local primary schools, Abbey Meads and Bridlewood, to give the children some tuition.
This time, youngsters from the schools visited the fitness centre at Groundwell and were among the first to play on the new courts – there are four indoor and three outdoor courts.
With the help of tennis coach Ash Smith, they showed the Mayor what they have learned and challenged Coun Barnes to play a few games himself.
“I was delighted to see how enthusiastic the children were and how much they had learned. It’s great that the David Lloyd Leisure coaches have spent time with the children, and I hope they will carry on playing,” said Coun Barnes.
Mike Frost, Sports Activity Manager at the fitness club, said: “We enjoyed our visit from the Mayor and the children. They were very keen to learn and we hope some of them will take up the game. Children really are the future of British tennis.”
The new David Lloyd Leisure club is the largest private sports, health and leisure facility in the area at 135,000 square feet. As well as the tennis courts, facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium with the latest machines and equipment, three fitness studios and full spa facilities with jacuzzi, steam and sauna.