Today sees the launch of a new initiative from the Lawn Tennis Association in partnership with Highland Spring to encourage 10,000 of the UK’s children to take up the sport this summer by giving away free lessons!
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have trained up 1,000 new coaches who will each train 10 new children for 6 weeks in May and June, in a series of free lessons at local tennis clubs. People all over the UK can take part and find out more at the LTA website: www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids. This isn’t about elite tennis or playing at the highest levels — this is about getting kids out on a court and enjoying themselves.
BritMums got a peek at the fun drills kids will do — from practicing tossing a ball back and forth while holding hands with a partner to doing simple hits across a net, newcomers will discover the sport in fun and accessible ways.
Last month BritMums bloggers attended a round-table interview with the UK former No1 female tennis player Annabel Croft, to learn about the campaign. You can read their individual blog posts using the linky below, but all were excited about the impact that this drive will have.
The LTA has produced a short video for #TennisForKids to inspire our nation’s children.
If your child would like to try the sport, then why not sign up for some free lessons and every child to complete the course will get a free racket! For more information and to find a club near you, visit www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids
Top tips on hydration for children
1. Children aged 4-13 years old should aim to drink 5-8 glasses per day (200 ml serving) . Whilst they can meet their body’s water requirements from other drinks, water is one of the healthiest ways to hydrate as it has no calories or sugar.
2. Foods can also contribute to daily water intakes . Those with a high water content; for example melon, soups, stews, fruit and vegetables, will make the greatest contribution.
3. Encourage children to drink in the morning and at regular intervals throughout the day.
4. Research suggests that adequate hydration helps children to maintain cognitive function and concentration at school [2,3].
5. Repeated tastings of water may help children to develop a taste for water .
6. Giving children water at mealtimes may help children to eat vegetables, as it can help to dilute their strong (and sometimes bitter) taste .
7. Children taking part in sports or exposed to warm weather need to replenish the lost fluids by drinking more water.
8. Parents and other care givers can play a key role in helping to ensure that children are provided with drinks on a regular basis and by actively encouraging their consumption.
Content sourced from the Natural Hydration Council. For further information, see www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk
 EFSA (European Food Standards Agency) (2010) Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for Water. EFSA Journal 8(3), 1459.
 Water supplementation improves visual attention and fine motor skills in schoolchildren’, Paula Booth, Bianca Taylor and Caroline Edmonds,
published in Education and Health, Vol. 30 No. 3, 2012
 Edmonds CJ & Burford D (2009) Should children drink more water?: The effects of drinking water on cognition in children. Appetite 52(3), 776-9.
 Cooke LJ et al. (2011) Facilitating or undermining? The effect of reward on food acceptance: a narrative review. Appetite 57(2), 493-7.
 Cornwell TB & McAlister AR (2013) Contingent choice. Exploring the relationship between sweetened beverages and vegetable consumption. Appetite 62, 203-8.
The posts below are from bloggers involved with the #TennisForKids launch.