Free Tennis lessons, anyone? YMCA partners with US Tennis Asso., Parks and Rec

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Tennis courts at Livingston Park.
Tennis courts at Livingston Park.

MANCHESTER, NH  — Kids in the Queen City will be able to serve and volley for free this summer, thanks to a collaboration among The Granite YMCA, the City of Manchester Parks and Recreation Department and United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England.  Beginning June 30, professionals and volunteers from The Granite YMCA will run two free tennis clinics at the courts at Livingston Park in Manchester’s North End and at the courts across from West High School.  In addition to free instruction, all equipment will be provided free of charge, thanks to a grant from the USTA.

Tennis courts at West High School.
Tennis courts at West High School.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn the great sport of tennis,” said David Brown, Tennis Director at The Granite YMCA.  “And because of this kind donation from USTA New England, 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 four-week sessions on Thursday evenings.  Session one will run Thursday, June 30 –Thursday, July 21 and will be held at Livingston Park in Manchester’s North End (behind the Dunkin Donuts on Webster Street).  Session two will be held at the tennis courts across from West High School and will run from Thursday, July 28 to Thursday, August 18.  Each session starts at 5:30 p.m.

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

“This is a new and exciting partnership,” said Janet Horvath, Recreation and Enterprise Manager for the City of Manchester.  “It’s also an opportunity for children in the city to perhaps try a new sport.”

Operating out of the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, The Granite YMCA tennis program offers a broad range of year round programs for all ages and abilities.  The program currently serves more than 500 people, ranging in age from 4 years old to 80+ noted Mr., Brown.

“We’re pleased to support this wonderful program,” said Matt Olson of USTA New England.  “The Granite YMCA and the City of Manchester have been enthusiastic partners and we’re looking forward to this new partnership.”

All programs will be led by YMCA instructors and experienced volunteers.
Participants who enroll in the program are asked to arrive at 5:15 p.m. at the start of each session to check in, wear sneakers and bring water with them.  Tennis rackets will be provided for those who need them.

For more information or questions, please contact Mr. Brown at (603) 232-8688 or via email at

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