Power station helps Hartlepool tennis club in search for next Wimbledon winners

Brendan Garvey HR manager at EDF presents Jonny Hyde from Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club with a new shirt, as fellow club members and players look on Picture by FRANK REID
Brendan Garvey HR manager at EDF presents Jonny Hyde from Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club with a new shirt, as fellow club members and players look on Picture by FRANK REID

A tennis club has joined forces with Hartlepool’s power station in a bid to find the next potential Wimbledon winners.

Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club, which has been running for more than 100 years, has a thriving junior section.

Brendan Garvey HR manager at EDF presents Jonny Hyde from Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club with a new shirt, as fellow club members and players look on Picture by FRANK REID

Brendan Garvey HR manager at EDF presents Jonny Hyde from Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club with a new shirt, as fellow club members and players look on Picture by FRANK REID

But it is keen to encourage more youngsters to take up the sport and emulate former Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray.

Last season the club saw more than 250 people play tennis, with most of those being members and many as part of the organised teams at the club.

The club has six teams which range from under nines to under 14s in four junior leagues. They have been successful in recent years.

Bosses at Hartlepool power station have now agreed to give the junior section T-shirts and they were presented by the site’s head of HR, Brendan Garvey.

Brendan Garvey HR manager at EDF presents Jonny Hyde from Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club with a new shirt, as fellow club members and players look on Picture by FRANK REID

Brendan Garvey HR manager at EDF presents Jonny Hyde from Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club with a new shirt, as fellow club members and players look on Picture by FRANK REID

Brendan said: “We have partnered with a number of sports groups since the Olympics, and it is great to be able to support Hartlepool Lawn Tennis.

“The club does work very hard to encourage people to try out tennis and is keen to reach a membership of 200 in the near future.

“The junior set up very impressive and again the club is hoping to expand that section.”

Natalie McClelland, Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club’s sponsorship secretary, said: “We are delighted Hartlepool Power Station has sponsored our junior teams by providing them with matching T-shirts.

“It’ll be fantastic seeing our juniors going out to play their matches all wearing the same kit.

“We have a thriving junior membership which wouldn’t function without the fantastic efforts of our junior development team and junior team captains taking them to their matches, so it’s brilliant to also receive the support of our local power station in sponsoring the team.”

Natalie said the juniors “will be proud to put on their shirts and represent our club and our town, hopefully bringing back a trophy or two along the way.

“Hartlepool Lawn Tennis Club would like to thank Hartlepool Power Station for their support and hope we can forge a long relationship together and, who knows, one day we may produce a Wimbledon star. “