VIEW FROM THE HOUSE
IT WAS really lovely to be able to return to the Chalfont St Giles tennis club on June 5, when Mark Fraser, the chairman, invited me to open their newly-resurfaced tennis courts.
I’d previously carried out another opening ceremony there in 1997, when the club secured Lottery funding for the short tennis court and practice wall.
The tennis courts now have a brand new surface, which is an all-weather, synthetic ‘carpet’ material, and it is British made which is highly appropriate for a British sport!
It was an appropriate moment to visit the tennis club, where all the generations are welcome and which has an outstanding family atmosphere. In a few weeks, the finest players are going to gather at Wimbledon and we hope that Andy Murray is going to regain that championship.
But we should not forget that the whole of the Murray family is behind the victories of the Murray brothers on the tennis courts.
In the next few weeks, watching those role models playing tennis matches, a lot of young people will be inspired to play tennis.
Coaching is all important to help young players achieve excellence and clubs like Chalfont St Giles can provide guidance and a focus through the work of their own LTA qualified coach at the club. Let’s hope there could be another Murray family in the making in South Buckinghamshire. But it’s not only the competitive side of sports like tennis, where the whole family can be involved, which is important. Having had a meeting with the board chairman of Leap, the Sport and Activity partnership for Buckinghamshire earlier this spring, I was reminded that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, with regular physical activity helping everyone. Being active cuts the risk of many health problems. Community clubs like Chalfont St Giles help people to stay active and enjoy those benefits to health.
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