Open days to show ten­nis skills

Stratford Press - - Sports - By ILONA HANNE

The Strat­ford ten­nis club is hold­ing open days for peo­ple to come along and have a go at the sport.

Bruce Cle­land, pres­i­dent of the Strat­ford Ten­nis Club, says they have al­ready held two open days, and have two more sched­uled for the next two weeks. Over the next two Satur­days the club will host open days for pri­mary school-aged play­ers from four to 12 to see if they like the sport. The open days will start at 10am.

“It’s for all chil­dren in the age range, re­gard­less of them hav­ing ev­ery played be­fore or not.”

Bruce says club mem­ber­ship for the pri­mary age is $75.

“That in­cludes hot­shots coach­ing over the week as well as Satur­day ten­nis which runs for about 12 weeks of the year.”

First year mem­bers also re­ceive a free rac­quet, he says.

The open days will also tar­get older play­ers, with play­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties wel­come at 1pm.

Bruce says play­ers have a range of op­tions with the club, from Satur­day reg­u­lar play for var­i­ous lev­els in the A and B grades as well as twi­light so­cial dou­bles ten­nis, where there are three play­ers to a team.

“You can en­ter as an in­di­vid­ual or as a team and we cater for all abil­i­ties, with the fo­cus be­ing on fun.”

Bruce says an­other fun op­tion is car­dio ten­nis which takes place with pri­vate coach­ing and a reg­u­lar ‘hit up’ on a Thurs­day evening.

Last year the ten­nis club en­joyed suc­cess in their grades, says Bruce, with the top team run­ners up in the A2 grade.

“We also had three B teams with the best one fin­ish­ing in third place, and two C grade teams who fin­ished sec­ond and third.”

Over the last few years the club has had more than 50 ju­nior play­ers go through as well as around 40 se­nior play­ers from be­gin­ners right through, says Bruce.

“We also have two ris­ing up and com­ing play­ers, Anna Hut­terd and Court­ney Tip­pet, who have been reg­u­lars in the Taranaki Age group scene. They are both keen to keep hon­ing their skills and should be in the U16s as well as the Taranaki Se­nior Rep teams this year.”

■ Find out more: Call Bruce Cle­land on 06 765 7877.

Han­nah Bur­roughs (12) was one of the play­ers at Satur­day’s open day.

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