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

Under scorching heat, street tennis » brought together, under the aegis of the county tennis committeethem seven clubs in the Montluçon area, yesterday, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. In the parking lot of Athanor, a few brave people had come to grab hold of the handle.

Marie, 6, was hitting the ball with all her might against her big brother. Leo, 12, was proud to share this moment with her: “I’ve been playing tennis since I was 6 years old. This is for my sister to try! “. A protective hand on the shoulder of the little blonde: “Do you like being here? Marie nods, smiling. Angélique Mangolf, their mother, watched them from afar: “We wanted to make sure that Marie really liked it before registering it too. I think it’s 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 make him try a lot of sports. Gym, circus, tennis… He’s a real little marmoset,” laughs his mother, Alexandra Laville-Wylong.

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And while Janis, 9, confronted one of the facilitators, Fanny Cordier, her mother, took advantage of the opportunity to take information. On an exhibition grid, each club had prepared a presentation sheet, listing their courses, their equipment and their prices. “It’s convenient to have everything in one place. You can see at a glance what each offers, which one is closest and the price of licenses. »

For Laurence Dumery, president of the IS Montluçon club, such events are essential. “You have to introduce tennis in its entirety. We made lots of little ones workshops to discover the handling, test its strength or its balance. ” On the small short red and blue, balls and racquets were provided in different sizes, so that everyone had a handle to their size: “The goal is to promote sports for find licensees. Now is the perfect time! Classes end at the end of the month, so people are inquiring about the next school year. »

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

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 Saint John. It would allow all the clubs in the basin to be able to play in bad weather, ”presents Laurence Dumery. The new place would also allow the practice of padela sport that oscillates between squash and tennis.

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Around 3 p.m., little Marie drew the winners of the raffle. The prizes ranged from a small gourd to a racket. “They are looking for girls, so they motivate her,” smiles her mother. The joy of the blond heads present augured a promising future for Bourbon tennis, which already has 4,200 licensees for 60 clubs throughout the department.

Delphine Simoneau

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