Game, set, match as Age UK Devon launches its new Walking Tennis Programme.

Just in time for Wimbledon, the innovative service, funded by the LTA Tennis Foundation and the national charity Age UK, is aimed at improving physical health and combatting loneliness and isolation for the elderly in Exmouth and Sidmouth.

The Walking Tennis Programme offers a slowed-down version of traditional tennis with less physically demanding rules, making the game more accessible and enjoyable for older people.

Rules include no running or jumping, an optional second bounce of the ball and the use of a smaller court with modified equipment.

The walking tennis sessions will kick off on Thursday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 9, with regular sessions every Tuesday at the Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre from 10am to 11.30am, and at Coburg Fields Tennis Courts, Sidmouth, from 11am to 12.30pm.

The session on July 4 will be a free taster, after that those interested can continue playing for £4.00 per session. 

Open to those over 50 of all abilities and experience, these programmes aim to foster a sense of community among the participants.

Sophie Littlewood, chief executive at Age UK Devon, said: "We’re thrilled to have launched the Age UK Walking Tennis Programme in Exmouth, thanks to funding from The LTA Tennis Foundation.

"By combining the expertise of Age UK with the support of the Foundation, we are not only introducing older people to the joys of tennis but also creating a platform for improved overall wellbeing.

"Importantly, our programme is designed to be inclusive, welcoming individuals of all abilities, ensuring that everyone can participate, benefit from and most of all enjoy the sport."

To join Age UK Devon’s programme or for more information, those interested can call 0333 241 2340 or via their website.

Additionally, Age UK Devon needs volunteers to assist with the walking tennis sessions.

Those keen on getting involved are encouraged to reach out via the contact information provided above.

The initiative allows volunteers to give back to the community while enabling elders to live an active and connected life.