For those with wistful, Wimbledon inspired memories of past athleticism on the courts – or older people who have never swung a racket in anger – Age UK is to establish eight local Walking Tennis groups. The rules of the game forbid running or jumping, players can let the ball bounce twice, and it can be played on smaller courts with modified equipment, such as softer balls and lighter rackets. Funding has come from the LTA Tennis Foundation. The partnership aims to bring the game to those most at risk of physical activity. Age UK says the scheme will specifically support women, the less wealthy, people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and those with long term health conditions.

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