New tactile tennis sport at Inverclyde Sports Center


The exciting new sport of Touch Tennis makes its Ayrshire debut at the National Sports Center in Inverclyde on Sunday 7th October. The Center organizes a free tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the main gym. All equipment will be provided along with advice on how to play. So there is no excuse not to try it.

The dual purpose is to provide an opportunity for people in North Ayrshire in particular to try the sport and also to establish whether there is sufficient interest to start a regular weekly program of Touch Tennis sessions.

First played in 2002, Touch Tennis quickly established itself around the world and now features its own professional circuit with tournaments featured regularly on Sky Sports. Its popularity is such that it is considered one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Touch Tennis is a modified version of tennis played on a smaller badminton court, with foam balls, shorter racquets (21 “) and a low height net.

Singles or doubles can be played. The rallies are generally longer than full court tennis, which is a lot of fun, the key to success is outsmarting opponents rather than just power. The equipment used and the smaller size of the pitch also allow beginners to adapt and become proficient relatively quickly against more experienced players.

Organizer John Wilson, President of the West Kilbride Tennis Club, says: “Since learning about Touch Tennis I have read and heard a lot about how much fun it is and how easy it is to learn. play for everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability. I can’t wait to try it out and hope we can establish it in Inverclyde as a truly accessible sport option for a wide range of local people.


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