Serv­ing up fun in a ware­house

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

A new in­door ten­nis ini­tia­tive for young­sters gets un­der­way in Ash­ford next week. The brain­child of Gra­ham Suther­land, chair­man of the Ash­ford & Dis­trict Ten­nis League and Tom Carl­ton, head coach at Bethers­den Ten­nis Club, ware­house ten­nis is aimed at chil­dren aged six to 11. The venue is, as the name sug­gests, a ware­house. The build­ing is in Can­ter­bury Road, South Willes­bor­ough and was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by the Kent Pa­per Com­pany. The scheme starts this month and will con­tinue right through to March with all ses­sions be­ing taken by LTA qual­i­fied coaches from Wye and Bethers­den. Mr Suther­land, who is also chair­man of Wye Ten­nis Club, says he is dis­ap­pointed by the lack of ten­nis fa­cil­i­ties in Ash­ford. He also be­lieves that if the ware­house ses­sions are pop­u­lar it will prove that there is po­ten­tial for an in­door ten­nis cen­tre within the town. The in­door mini ten­nis pro­gramme kicks off on Jan­uary 3-4 with a Christ­mas hol­i­day camp which runs from 9-11am each day. The cost is £10 per day. Weekly ses­sions be­gin later the same month and will run Thurs­days, 4-5pm and 5-6pm, and Sun­days, 10-11am and 11am-noon. The cost, for a 10-week course, is £60 and all equip­ment is pro­vided. The scheme has been made pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity of Keith Baker, the man­ager of the Ash­ford ware­house, who is pro­vid­ing the fa­cil­i­ties free of charge from Jan­uary un­til the end of March.

For more de­tails, or to book on the hol­i­day camp of weekly ses­sions, con­tact Gra­ham Suther­land on 01233 666026 (email gra­ham@suther­lands. info) or Tom Carl­ton on 07759 622273 (email coach­ing@ bethers­den­ten­

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