JACKSON SWAPS HURDLES FOR RACKETS

24 Apr 2006

Colin Jackson may have hung up his spikes on his distinguished sprint hurdles career but Welsh Athletics’ man mountain has by no means stepped out of the sporting limelight altogether.

On Saturday 29th of April, the Cardiff born star will step out of the commentary box and onto the tennis courts of the Welsh National Tennis Centre, Cardiff as he throws his weight behind the fourth of this year’s Ariel Tennis Events.

Together with Jackson, U18 British no. 1, Jade Curtis, will offer her advice and top tennis tips to Wales’ future smashing stars at the event which is supported nationwide by tennis talents Tim Henman and Boris Becker.

Ariel and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have teamed up for a fifth year to host five Ariel Tennis Ace events across Great Britain, giving children in Wales the chance to pick up a racket and play tennis. All 7 – 10 year olds who think they have what it takes to be a future tennis star can participate in one of the day’s three sessions - each lasting ninety minutes.

As part of each Ariel Tennis Ace event there will be fun and free open talent ID sessions where children will be put through their paces on court with licensed

Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaches leading them in general physical activities and tennis activities. LTA talent spotters will be on the look out for kids who

possess the innate sporting potential to be a future tennis champion.

So whether they’re picking up a racket for the first time or a Murray or a Sharapova in the making, children are invited to join the free talent ID days, to see if they have the potential to follow in Tim, Boris and Jade’s footsteps to becoming a top tennis player.

In addition, children of any age can take part in Ariel Mini Tennis alongside the talent ID sessions. Ariel Mini Tennis is a modified version of the game specifically designed for children by the LTA to make learning the skills easy and fun.

The winners of the final selection of this Ariel Tennis Ace regional talent search day will win free individual Ariel Mini Tennis lessons and two free group Ariel Mini Tennis lessons which can be used at Ariel Mini Tennis accredited clubs across the country before the Ariel Mini Tennis Final on 22 May 2006.