Britain's female number one tennis player is backing an annual weekend to encourage more sport and physical activity.

Heather Watson has called the annual Westminster Active Weekend a ‘great idea’ as the borough opens up its sports centres to give its residents a chance to try out different sports and activities for free this weekend.

The council’s aim for the event is to see a measurable improvement in the health and well-being of people, encouraging them to participate in sport and physical activity and to acquire new skills through high quality casual and competitive activities.

Currently competing at the US Open, Heather Watson, 22, said: “I think it’s brilliant to encourage people in this way, and when sport is so open and accessible for anybody to go to, people will take that opportunity.

“Sport is great for you – it is healthy and fun, and it is good for kids to get on there and make new friends.”

The active weekend allows residents of Westminster to have access to its selected sports centres and the activities each has to offer completely free of charge and without booking in advance.

Some of the leisure centres participating in the initiative include The Hub, Regents Park and The Porchester Centre and Spa.

Less obvious activities available include martial arts, boxercise and yogalates.

For more information and the schedule of activities from this Friday (August 29) to Sunday (August 31), visit