Serving Up Summer Fun
Kids in the Queen City will be able to serve and volley for free this summer, thanks to a collaboration among The Granite YMCA and the City of Manchester Parks and Recreation Department. Beginning on Wednesday, June 28, professionals and volunteers from The Granite YMCA will run two free tennis clinics at the courts across from West High School and Livingston Park in Manchester’s North End. In addition to free instruction, all equipment will be provided free of charge.
“This a wonderful opportunity for kids of all ages to learn the great sport of tennis,” said David Brown, Tennis Director at The Granite YMCA. “We’ll be able to set up smaller courts with special nets for the very young players.”
The program is free of charge and open to all children in the city of Manchester ages 7-17. There will be two, three-week sessions. Session one will run Wednesday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 12 and will be held at the tennis courts across from West High School. Session two will be held at the tennis courts at Livingston Park in Manchester’s North End (Behind the Dunkin Donuts on Webster Street) and will run from Wednesday, July 19 - Wednesday, August 2.
West High School tennis courts have been renovated recently, with some grant assistance from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), USTA New England and USTA New Hampshire. In addition to repair and repainting at West High, blended lines were added as well. Livingston Park tennis courts also added blended lines to aid in instruction for children 10 and under.
While the program is free, space is limited to ensure appropriate instructor to player ratios. To reserve your place in either session, please email Mr. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All programs will be led by YMCA instructors and experienced volunteers. Participants who enroll in the program are asked to arrive at 4:45 pm at the start of each session, wear sneakers and bring water with them. Tennis rackets will be provided for those who need them.
“This is an exciting partnership that started last year,” said Janet Horvath, Recreation and Enterprise Manager for the City of Manchester. “We saw positive results and are thrilled to continue to give children the opportunity to try a new sport this summer.”
Operating out of the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, The Granite YMCA tennis program offers a broad range of year round programs for youth and adults of all ages and abilities. The tennis program currently serves more than 500 people, ranging in age from 4 years old to 80 + noted Mr., Brown.
For more information or questions, please contact Mr. Brown at 603.232.8688 or email at email@example.com.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2016, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at over $1.63 million to 19,872 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.
About Manchester Parks & Recreation
Manchester Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries is a division of the Department of Public Works for the City of Manchester and is on the move. The department oversees numerous parks and facilities throughout the city and is currently looking to increase recreational offerings. Through partnerships with other city organizations, Parks and Recreation has implemented this initiative and believe that the sky’s the limit!