Hucknall’s Freya Christie is tennis icon for half-term schoolchildren

HALF-TERM FUN -- Freya Christie with a Nottingham Building Society mascot on the Old Market Square in the city this week
HALF-TERM FUN -- Freya Christie with a Nottingham Building Society mascot on the Old Market Square in the city this week

Injury might be keeping Hucknall’s tennis prodigy Freya Christie off the court -- but she was still the centre of attention at a tennis promotion in Nottingham this week, aimed at schoolchildren on their half-term break.

The event, held on the Old Market Square, was set up by the Nottingham Building Society, who are one of the backers of the Aegon Nottingham Open to be held next month.

Mini-courts were set up so that children could enjoy tennis-taster sessions, while other attractions included face-painting and free giveaways.

“It was an awesome day,” tweeted Freya, who was on hand to meet visitors and hit a few balls with the youngsters.

The Nottingham are one of Freya’s sponsors, through the SportsAid initiative, which is designed to help young sports people, aged between 12 and 18, overcome financial challenges in their bid to become Britain’s next sporting heroes.

SportsAid grants, funded by partners, donors and charities, are awarded, and earlier this month Freya was one of 34 SportsAid athletes who attended a special workshop in Nottingham on nutrition and media training.