Ware­house ten­nis proves real suc­cess

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

Nearly 50 young­sters took the chance to pick up a ten­nis racket for the first time dur­ing a two-day coach­ing camp held in an Ash­ford ware­house.

Four courts were marked out on the floor of the for­mer Kent Pa­per Com­pany premises in Can­ter­bury Road, South Willes­bor­ough, in an ini­tia­tive or­gan­ised by Bethers­den Ten­nis Club head coach Tom Carl­ton, and Gra­ham Suther­land, chair­man of the Ash­ford and Dis­trict League.

Mr Suther­land said that 45 young­sters aged six to 11 at­tended over the two days and that he was thrilled with the re­sponse.

He added: “The whole idea was to get rack­ets into the hands of chil­dren who had not played be­fore and we had noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back.”

The pair are now ex­tend­ing the scheme by run­ning weekly coach­ing ses­sions which got un­der way on Sun­day and will con­tinue un­til the end of March.

The ses­sions will run Thurs­days, (4-5pm and 5-6pm), and Sun­days, (1011am and 11am-noon).

The cost, for 10 weeks, is £60 and all equip­ment is pro­vided.

For more de­tails, or to book on the weekly ses­sions, con­tact Gra­ham Suther­land on 01233 666026 (email: gra­ham@suther­lands.info) or Tom Carl­ton on 07759 622273 ( email: coach­ing@bethers­den­ten­nis.org.uk)

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