Open day seeks to re­cruit rac­que­teers

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Troy Lee Brown

The days are hot­ter and ten­nis is back, big­ger and bet­ter than ever at the Rock­ing­ham Ten­nis Club.

The RTC will host its open day on Sun­day from 1pm to pro­vide a chance for the Rock­ing­ham com­mu­nity to visit the club, find out what is on of­fer and have a free hit.

The RTC, lo­cated on the cor­ner of Kent and Wan­liss streets, has pro­vided the com­mu­nity with an op­por­tu­nity to keep fit, play ten­nis and so­cialise for more than 70 years.

This sum­mer is look­ing busy, with a record num­ber of pen­nants teams and an ar­ray of so­cial events and fix­tures.

The RTC has teams en­tered in the three to 12-year-old HotShots pro­gram, 12s, 14s and 16s as well as men’s and women’s di­vi­sions in the Ten­nis West Pen­nants Com­pe­ti­tion, which be­gins later this month.

RTC pres­i­dent Bron Voitke­vich said the club, in part­ner­ship with the Klein School of Ten­nis, had de­vel­oped play­ers of an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard and hoped to con­tinue pro­duc­ing qual­ity play­ers in fu­ture.

“The pen­nants com­pe­ti­tion is about de­vel­op­ing world-class play­ers and also about pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren and adults of all lev­els to train and play com­pet­i­tive ten­nis,” he said.

The Klein School of Ten­nis con­ducts three train­ing lessons a week, on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days at 4.15pm and Satur­days at 8.30am.

The RTC is a com­mu­nity-based club that aims to pro­mote so­cial in­clu­sion and healthy well­be­ing through par­tic­i­pa­tion in ten­nis.

“Ten­nis is a great way for mem­bers to get out and meet like-minded peo­ple, have fun and keep fit,” Voitke­vich said.

“The club has a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion in sum­mer, just a block up from the beau­ti­ful Rock­ing­ham fore­shore.”

The RTC hosts adult so­cial ten­nis four times a week, in­clud­ing Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­day morn­ings and Thurs­day evenings, with low-cost ju­nior so­cial ten­nis ev­ery Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The club’s open day runs from 1pm to 4pm and the en­trance is via the Rock­ing­ham Bowl­ing Club carpark on Kent Street. See the Rock­ing­ham Ten­nis Club Face­book page for fur­ther de­tails.

Pic­ture: Troy Lee Brown

Rock­ing­ham Ten­nis Club pen­nants play­ers Tara Alek­sic, 7, Miya Cleary, 11, Grace Gil­more, 9, Jack Bens­ley, 14, Max Bens­ley, 12, Dy­lan Cleary, 9 with club pres­i­dent Bron Voitke­vich.

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