Tennis club attracts new players at open day

PUBLISHED: 13:10 02 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:10 02 October 2019

Open day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Open day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Budding stars enjoyed a day on the courts at Nailsea Tennis Club's open day.

Open day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONOpen day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The club, which runs at Mizzymead Recreation Centre, invited people of all ages in to try the sport.

Bosses at the club have been working to make it more inclusive and recently secured a long-term junior coach, launched a women's coaching evening and started a competitive men's league.

Chairman Jackie Thompson said: "I had nothing but positives from all those taking part or those simply watching.

"It was great to hear how our reputation as a 'club for the community' is being so well received."

Open day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONOpen day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The club supports more than 40 junior players aged four to 14.

Justin Smith, junior representative, said: "We have increased our coaching sessions on Saturday mornings to support the demand and the club continues to reinvest in equipment and coaches to protect the quality of our junior coaching programme."

Open day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONOpen day with free coaching at Nailsea Tennis Club. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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