Serving up fun in a warehouse
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@ bethersdentennis.org.uk)