Grab your FREE racket as latest activity initiative serves up a summer of fun
Posted: Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:39
'Wot a Racket' is providing free activities and plans to hand out hundreds of rackets in a bid to get Brummies' active.
Funded by Sport England, Wot a Racket is a partnership between sports charity Sport Birmingham, City Council's Wellbeing Service, and National Governing Bodies - Table Tennis England, Badminton England and Lawn Tennis Association. The festival consists of informal and social sessions aimed at people of all ages and mixed abilities.
A recent LTA survey found that 20.1% per cent of people in Birmingham and the Midlands are interested in playing racket sports such as Tennis, however many barriers stop people from participating. Wot a Racket festival aims to break down barriers by handing out free rackets as well as encouraging participation beyond the pop up activities.
Pop up activities are taking place in unusual places all over the city, in an attempt to challenge perceptions about the sports and who can play them. These include high streets, shopping centres and entertainment complexes.
Sessions are open to everyone, regardless of age or previous playing ability, and the emphasis is on having fun, being active and trying something new. Participants do not need a racket or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge at each session.
In addition to 'pop-up' sessions there will also be a number of regular weekly sessions taking place in parks across the city. These are FREE to attend and delivered by Active Parks, a scheme for helping Birmingham residents get fit, get outside and get active.
Birmingham City Council Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward said: "We want people to be active in Birmingham and we also want them to have fun. This is our latest initiative aimed at making physical activity enjoyable and accessible.
"Wot a Racket is a fun initiative in partnership with Sport England and the national governing bodies for badminton, tennis and table-tennis.
"We've got free sessions across the city, we're even giving away racquets, so there really is no excuse not to give these activities a try."
To claim a FREE racket participants must take part in and collect a token at one of the various pop up sessions. Participants can then trade this token at collection points based in Small Heath Wellbeing Centre, Nechells Wellbeing Centre, Calthorpe Wellbeing Centre and Handsworth Wellbeing Centre.