David LLoyd Leisure announce national REBOwall schools competition winner!

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David Lloyd Leisure, the UK’s leading tennis provider, held a nation-wide competition after teaming up with First News, Britain’s only newspaper for children, with the chance to win a REBOwall™ for their school playground.

British champion Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey, will visit St Brides Primary School in Cambuslang, Glasgow on November 10th to hold a ‘pop-up’ tennis coaching clinic for the students. The innovative REBO™wall offers the perfect ‘hitting partner’ solution, Mark will be demonstrating the REBO™wall, which is especially designed for locations such as school playgrounds that do not have room for a full size tennis court.

David Lloyd Leisure is always looking at creative ways to get people to give tennis a try – In the summer, they embarked on a national roadshow, visiting several schools across the UK. It culminated in a fantastic final stop at South Bank in London with hundreds of the public picking up a racquet next to the Thames.

Mark, who is also a Sky Sports tennis commentator, said:

“This is a fantastic prize for the school and I can’t wait to watch the students’ reaction to seeing the REBOwall in action! We’re days away from the ATP World Tour Finals with the Davis Cup Final shortly after that, it may be colder but that shouldn’t stop anyone from picking up a racquet!

I am delighted David Lloyd Leisure launched this competition to make tennis more accessible and increase tennis participation among children across the country.

Personally, it’s great to be back in Glasgow, we had such an overwhelming positive response in the summer and I hope the children’s enthusiasm continues for the sport!”

The REBO™wall is a new and versatile multi-functional training wall. The adjustable rebound surface is angled, gives a realistic and natural flight to the rebounded ball, completely different to a traditional brick wall, and helps get players of all ages and standards started in the game.

Mark will be supported by tennis coaches from local David Lloyd Leisure club, Glasgow Renfrew who will also motivate children to play tennis the traditional way with their junior coaching programme, Tennis All Stars, which sees 12,500 youngsters across the country playing each week.

Ross Blackadder, regional manager of David Lloyd Leisure, said:

“We are thrilled to announce the winning school is right here in Scotland, the students will hugely benefit from having the REBOwall installed on their playground.

It’s giving them the opportunity to play a sport that is much easier to start than people may perceive. Our aim at David Lloyd is to create a fun, supportive environment for children to learn and encourage people of all ages to play – whatever their ability. It’s about getting active while having fun!