Open day at ‘best-kept secret in Spalding’

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A free open day is being held at Spalding Town Tennis Club on Sunday.

As part of the Great British Tennis Weekend, all ages and abilities are welcome from 1pm to 4.30pm at Holyrood Walk.

There will be options to play tennis and join in with a coaching session, as well as finding out more about membership and much more.

Coaching taster timings are 1pm to 1.30pm (4-8 years), 1.45pm to 2.15pm (9-16 years) and 2.30pm to 3pm (adults).

Chairman John Constable said: “We are a long-standing club but also a sleeping giant and the best-kept secret in Spalding.

“We believe we need to be more visible to the local population in a number of ways.

“We have an expanding membership, many of whom enjoy being coached by our LTA club coach Glenn Perkins, as well as providing weekly cardio tennis/keep fit sessions for members of all ages and individual coaching at all levels.

“Playing tennis in Spalding is not an expensive occupation – senior membership at £95 per year means that some members who regularly play two or three times a week pay between 65p and 90p per session. Junior membership starts at less than a third of that.

“We are trying to maintain and improve our facilities so that an increasing number of residents in and around the town can enjoy some of the best tennis facilities in the county.

“We had a lot of families at our open day last year so we are hoping more people come along on Sunday. Everyone is very welcome.

“You just need to turn up in sports shoes and we will provide everything else.

“Younger players can enjoy mini tennis across the courts with soft balls to make it easy to control.”

Club secretary David Hulley added: “We still hear comments along the lines of ‘we didn’t know you were there etc’.

“This is partly the rationale behind the removal of the old shoddy hedge to be replaced with a new smart fence along our boundary with Clay Lake.

“This should ensure passing motorists and pedestrians are aware of our presence.

“We are a club for the whole community – we welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to become members.

“Hopefully the open day this Sunday will encourage potential members to come along and find out a bit more about us.”