Mental Health Awareness Week

According to the Mental Health Foundation, it is estimated that 1 in 6 people will have experienced a common mental health problem within the last week.

In a recent study based on the UK population, it was found that almost two thirds of people reported experiencing a mental health problem at once stage in their lifetime.

With only a small minority of people (13%) reporting to be living with high levels of good mental health, we take a look at how tennis can help to improve your mental welfare.

Physical activity has been linked strongly with an improved state of mental health. When we exercise, chemicals known as ‘endorphins’ are released in our brain, it is these endorphins that help us to achieve a good night’s sleep, improve our focus and concentration, boost our levels of self-esteem and above all they raise our mood and make us feel better.

So whether you have had a good day or a bad day, if you need to let off some steam or if you simply want a reason to get outside and enjoy the sunshine then why not pick up a racket and join us on court for some tennis!

Here at Tennis Sheffield, we are running coaching sessions for all ages and ability levels, so if you want to sharpen up your groundstrokes, put some punch into your volleys and fine-tune your serves then why not book onto a session today?


Join the Sheffield Local Tennis League!


Join the Sheffield Local Tennis League!

Have you heard of the Sheffield Tennis League yet?! It’s an opportunity for local tennis players to play friendly competitive singles matches in your local venue. Open to men and women of all standards, aged 18+, it's a great way to improve and meet new people to play.

Players are organised into groups of a similar level, so play only people of their ability, and arrange their own matches at a mutually convenient time, so it is very flexible. Any court that suits both players can be used.

There are prizes for the winners of each group and everyone who completes three matches by the half way mark is sent a free can of balls! Why not give it a go?

The new round is from 19th January to 15th March 2017, so sign up today!

Entry £15 at by Monday 16 January.

For more details, email:



Tennis helps you live longer!

Well, we all knew that, right?  We’ve long known that tennis has all sorts of physical, social and mental benefits, but now it’s official!  Reporting in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, some clever people at Oxford University have conducted a study of the exercise habits of over 80,000 adults aged 30 and above across some 25 years, and concluded that racket sports (and tennis in particular) helps you live longer… yay!

So, as well as being lots of fun, as well as helping you socialise with people, as well as delivering cardiovascular benefits, as well as releasing endorphins that trigger positive feelings, tennis reduces our mortality rate at any given age by almost 50%.  That’s just the best not-so-new news we’ve heard all year.

Why don’t you read the full article for yourself, we’re heading out on court to hit some balls and enjoy life to the full…



From tennis to football and back again

Promoting tennis at Owls in the Park (a football driven event) might sound a little strange at first, but bear with us - there's method in our madness.

Not least, because the courts at Hillsborough are a mere hop skip and jump from Sheffield Wednesday's ground. But also, tennis and football are closer bedfellows than you might expect.

It's common knowledge that Rafael Nadal could have made it as a professional footballer and here's a little clip of Britain's own Heather Watson, showing he might not have been the only one.

Cheeky warm-up ⚽️

A video posted by Heather Watson (@heatherwatson92) on

If you or your child are a keen footballer, you will already have the building blocks of agility, balance and co-ordination in place. These fundamentals are key to succeed in any sport. But football and tennis also share sending and receiving skills  and rely on great footwork and spatial awareness.

Do you want to see if that's really the case? Then Owls in the Park might be the perfect opportunity, with the tennis courts open to all with inflatables – fastest serve, volley cage and hit your mark. So put Sunday 17th July in your diary and come down with your mates to see who can earn bragging rights! 

You might well find you get the tennis bug, and if you really want to get better, come and enjoy our low-cost coaching from qualified LTA coaches at a park near you.



We won an Oscar!!! (well, sort of)

The Davis Cup was exciting enough… but now we’ve won a little something too!

Hillsborough Park has won the LTA’s Regional Community Venue of the Year, beating competition across the whole of the North Region.


An independent judging panel praised the joined-up partnership approach (led by Parks Tennis), the online booking system and the low-cost coaching programme across six Sheffield parks.

Well done to our Community Tennis Manager, Alison Steel, for leading the way and helping get people out on court to (re)discover all the benefits tennis has to offer.

Thanks to all our coaches, players and partners (Sheffield City Council, the LTA, Places for People Leisure, Sheffield Wednesday FC and more). I'd better stop, before I do a Gwynnie and weep all over the keyboard.....

Happy Christmas and roll on the new year to work off the turkey and all those trimmings… See you on court!



High Hazels Park tennis courts looking good

If you've ever played tennis, you know the small thrill that opening a brand new tube of fresh tennis balls brings. Well, multiply that by five new resurfaced tennis courts and add a sprinkling of local dignitaries and you can imagine how high the levels of excitement were this week.

And if someone (in this case, the LTA and Sheffield City Council) is kind enough to provide you with lovely new courts, well it would just be rude not to play on them.


So we had a little exhibition match, with Jeff Hunter (MD of Parks Tennis, who run court bookings and coaching sessions at High Hazels and throughout the city) and Sam Salt, (a local Sheffield tennis coach) taking on Conor Tordoff and Joseph Billington, both rising Sheffield tennis stars, looking to shine on their home patch.

Honour prevents me from revealing the outcome of the match, but as Jeff so rightly summarized, "Tennis was the winner!".

And that was the message from Clive Betts MP, Councillor Isobel Bowler, Paul Billington, Director of Culture & Environment SCC, and Paul Sheard LTA Tennis Participation Manager, who gave their full support to the mission of bringing low-cost tennis and coaching for all ages and abilities to Sheffield's public parks.

New courts? Low cost coaching? What are you waiting for - time to put on your trainers and go hit it.




GBTW at High Hazels

What better way to celebrate lovely new courts than to throw the gates open wide and invite everyone down for a free afternoon of tennis.

That's just what we did with the Great British Tennis Weekend at High Hazels last Saturday. The sun shone and we welcomed players from the mini red Under 8s all the way through to what are politely referred to in tennis as seniors.



There were tennis coaching sessions, some free play and the chance to say hello to our mascot, Petey!


It was fantastic to see many new faces and we hope we can welcome you back onto the courts again soon.



The Sheffield Telegraph is supporting Tennis

Isn’t it nice when people help spread the word?  We’re a bit geeky about tennis and love the physical, psychological and emotional benefits it brings (come and join us and see for yourself!) but it’s great that those friendly journalists at The Sheffield Telegraph got the bug too.

They did a nice feature on everything that’s happening in tennis in Sheffield right now, what with courts being resurfaced, our easy-to-use online booking system and the low-cost coaching programme offering great value sessions for men and women, boys and girls.

Thanks also to Dave Marray, Head Coach at The Hallamshire Academy, who allowed his regular tennis column to be used to share news of our Tennis Sheffield parks programme.  It’s great when people work together for the benefit of all the community.



We made the telly!

Did you see us on the telly last night?  Wimbledon fever is upon us and on a balmy summer evening the players were out in force on the brand new Hillsborough Park courts enjoying some outdoor exercise.  BBC Look North came along to check out the buzz going around and our very own Paul Sheard (known as Sheardo on court, but LTA Tennis Participation Manager for the North Region to give him his proper title) was interviewed. 


Well done to all our players for taking advantage of these great facilities and our community coaching programme – it’s great to see so many people playing, some returning after a long break.  Everyone’s welcome so come and join us for fun and fitness in Sheffield’s parks!



A Summer of Tennis beckons in Sheffield

June - one of my favourite months. Sunshine, strawberries and Wimbledon on the telly. What's not to like?

But this summer in Sheffield, we're hoping tennis can be a bit more than a spectator sport.

There's a new programme of low-cost coaching aimed at both beginners and those looking to get back into playing tennis. Sessions are being held at High Hazels, Hillsborough, Concord, Graves, Weston and Millhouses Parks, providing for local communities across the city.

And when the Head of the LTA, Michael Downey comes to Sheffield, racket in hand, you know that support for tennis at a grass roots level far away from the green turf of Wimbledon really is important.


Watching tennis will always be an important feature of June, but perhaps playing in your local park can become a feature in your calendar too.