WITH over 500 members, and an age range covering 4 to 93, Grantham Tennis Club based on Gonerby Road has something for anyone keen on tennis.
The club caters for those of all abilities – from those who want to learn the sport to those who want to play at a much higher-level.
Junior organiser, Mrs Sarah Patton, 43, says: “I’ve been playing tennis since I was 12 years old, and I’ve been a member of Grantham Tennis Club for seven years. I’ve been to lots of different tennis clubs over the years and without a doubt, Grantham is one of the best.
“It really is for everybody; whether you want to come and hit a ball around with your friends, come socially, or improve your performance, there’s such a sense of community.
“I love it.”
For those who simply want the odd friendly game, social tennis sessions are available on a “turn up and play” basis. Players can stay for the whole session, of just part of it.
With seven full and part-time, fully-qualified coaches, the club also offers both adults and children the chance to improve their tennis playing skills, as well as maximising their enjoyment of the game.
Junior training for children aged between 3 – 18 years old works as a four-stage development programme, set up to help children progress naturally and coaching for adults is available for everyone, from those who have never played before to those more experienced.
For those that think they are too old to play tennis, Active at 60 sessions are for those aged 55 and over.
Mrs Patton says: “Our oldest member is Dennis Hernaman, aged 93, and he plays twice a week and plays at an international level. If he can do it, anyone can!”
The club also offers opportunities for competitive tennis, with league matches, competitions and a Club Championship available to members.
With the multi-million pound development set to start soon, Grantham Tennis Club are eager to see new faces join to enjoy all that the club has and will have to offer.
For more information on the club log on to www.granthamtennisclub.co.uk
By Hannah Dale