Anyone for tennis? Hartlepool club seeks new members

Tom Rayner, junior development leader at Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club.
Tom Rayner, junior development leader at Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club.
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An open weekend at a longstanding tennis club went down well with a stream of budding players taking to the courts.

Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club was particularly looking to attract some more adult members, and it did get four signed up on the back of the open weekend which it held last month.

It’s a sociable and friendly club and it’s a great way to stay fit.

Tony Synott, club secretary

But club secretary Tony Synott, and junior development leader Tom Rayner, say although they are really happy they would like to see even more adults take up the sport, especially in the run-up to Wimbledon, which runs from June 29 to July 12, when champions Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will defend their titles.

Tony told the Mail: “The open weekend went really well and we had quite a few people turn out for the event.

“We’ve got four new members out of it as well, which we’re pleased with.

“The weather was good too, which was lucky, as more people tend to venture out then!”

He added: “Hopefully in the run-up to Wimbledon we’ll get a few more adult players taking up the challenge.

“It’s a sociable and friendly club and it’s a great way to stay fit.”

Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club, in Granville Avenue, Hartlepool, has been running since the early 1900s and currently boasts 150 members.

It has five courts and teams and activities for both children and adults

The club held the free open event weekend in May in support of the Great British Tennis Weekend run by the national Lawn Tennis Association’s drive to get more people playing the sport.

Both children and adults are welcome, however, the club would like to see people aged 20 to 50 years old as there is a shortage of this age group.

There are junior sessions from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10am until noon on Saturdays at a cost of £3 per session or £45 a year. Adult slots are on Tuesdays from 6pm until 8pm, and Thursday from 9am until noon.

For details email HartlepoolLawnTennisClub@hotmail.co.uk or ring Tony on 07729798343.