Mini Wimbledon Southport

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Budding tennis stars can take part in a free tournament being held at Victoria Park, Waterloo and pick up top tips from paralympian star Jamie Burdekin.

Sefton Council in partnership with Ben Saunders Tennis, Campion Tennis Club, Tennis for Free and the Friends of Victoria Park have organised a ‘Mini Wimbledon’ in the popular park with Jamie Burdekin attending.

People of all ages can just turn up between 1-3pm on Sunday, July 6 with tennis rackets and balls provided.

Medals will be awarded for everyone who takes part and there will be a trophy awarded to the overall tournament winner.

International Wheelchair Tennis player Jamie Burdekin has competed in many tournaments over the years and his highlights include representing Team GB in the Paralympics in 2008 and 2012.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said: “We want tennis to appeal to everyone and the Mini Wimbledon tournament at Victoria Park is a perfect opportunity for people of all ages to give it a try.

“By working with many different partners, experts will be on hand in an action packed day and who knows, we may discover a Wimbledon star for the future.”

To add to the Wimbledon feel, local supermarket chain Tesco has kindly donated strawberries and cream for tennis players.

Anyone who does not wish to take part in the tournament, can still come along and have a free tennis lesson.

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