A selection of testimonials from parents whose children have received free coaching as part of The Fred Perry Tennis Trust community programmes.

"It's been a fantastic opportunity for all the kids involved to get a taste of tennis... They all include parents and really make the sessions fun for the kids. I couldn't give higher praise for the initiative."

"A brilliant initiative that inspired my daughter to learn a new sport that we couldn't necessarily have given her the opportunity to experience. The gift of a tennis racket after attending a set number of sessions was also gratefully received."

"I would like to thank you for continuing to promote tennis as a diverse, inclusive and accessible sport. We live close to the Fred Perry public courts in Stockport and our daughter has benefitted from training on your courts from a very young age... without access to these courts her tennis journey would not have been possible."

"We were hesitant to enrol our son as he doesn't normally show much interest in group sports but from the word go he loved it. Each week his abilities for tennis increased and he was so chuffed with his gifted tennis racket that it's inspired the whole family to get one so we can play tennis together as a family. We wouldn't have considered even trying tennis if it wasn't for the free lessons so we're really grateful for the chance to have the opportunity."

"My son loves these tennis sessions, looks forward to them and is making great progress. I like and appreciate the focus on behaviour, discipline in addition to the practical development and confidence building. The coach is patient, engaging with kids and very committed."

"My daughter was a total novice to the sport and was immediately fired up and full of enthusiasm after the very first session. After attending every week, her technique and focus had improved significantly. She is naturally energetic, so tennis provided discipline and a sense of calmness."

"The coaches were brilliant working with the kids and made the sessions fun and easy to grasp the basic concepts of tennis. My daughter had no interest in tennis until she tried these sessions and then she loved it. It's taught her some great skills such as team working, following instructions, overcoming failures."

"A brilliant opportunity for local children to learn a new sport. Gives children a sense of belonging and the chance to meet new friends. Coaches were amazing, very patient and informative."