Families played tennis, on the street, with clubs in the Montluçon basin (Allier)

Under scorching heat, street tennis »Gathered, under the auspices of the county tennis committeethey seven clubs in the Montluçon area, yesterday, between 2pm and 5pm. In the Athanor parking lot, a few brave people had come to grab the handle.

Marie, 6, was hitting the ball with all her might against her older brother. Leo, 12, was proud to share this moment with her: “I have been playing tennis since I was 6 years old. This is for my sister to try! A protective hand on the little blonde’s shoulder: “Do you like being here? Marie nods, smiling. Angélique Mangolf, her mother, looked at them from a distance.” We wanted to make sure Marie he really liked it before registering it as well. I think it is validated! »

Under a small tent, visitors could test the power of their services. Maxime, 4 and a half years old, red as a peony, was trying to break his mother’s record. “He just runs. We try a lot of sports. Gym, circus, tennis … He’s a real little puppy,” laughs his mother, Alexandra Laville-Wylong.

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And while Janis, 9, was facing one of the facilitators, Fanny Cordier, her mother, took the opportunity to take advantage information. On an exhibition grid, each club had prepared a presentation sheet, listing its courses, its equipment and its prices. “It simply came to our notice then. You can see at a glance what each one offers, which one is closest, and the price of the licenses. »

For Laurence Dumery, president of the IS Montluçon club, these events are essential. “You have to introduce tennis in its entirety. We’ve done a lot of little ones workshops to discover handling, test their strength or balance. “At small short red and blue, balls and rackets of different sizes were offered, so that each one had a handle to his size: “The aim is promote sport per find licensees. Now is the perfect time! Classes end at the end of the month, so people ask about it next course. »

He just runs. We try a lot of sports. Gym, circus, tennis … It’s a real little tit!

Alexandra Laville-Wylong (mother of Maxime, 4 and a half years old)

A project under study also motivated the return of this meeting, organized every 3 years in Montluçon, but stopped during the Covid. “We are considering a covered structure, in Sant Joan. It would allow all the clubs in the basin to play in bad weather, ”said Laurence Dumery. The new premises would also allow the practice of paddlea sport that ranges from squash to tennis.

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Around 3pm, little Marie drew the winners of the draw. Prizes ranged from a small pumpkin to a racket. “They’re looking for girls, so they motivate her,” her mother smiles. The joy of the blond heads present foreshadowed a promising future for Bourbon tennis, which already has it 4,200 licensees for 60 clubs across the department.

Delphine Simoneau

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