With the days getting longer and the weather taking a turn for the better, everything is falling into place nicely for the ambitious new coaching team at Leverstock Green Tennis Club, which is gearing up for an action-packed 50th anniversary season.
Tucked away in Grasmere close, the club is in an ideally serene location for tennis, but visitors should not be fooled by the quiet surroundings – there is plenty going on both on and off the court.
“This is a big year for us with our 50th birthday coming up in September,” said social committee member Sam Lane who, along with new head coach Graham Fish and his team – Scott Paxton and Mick Mitchell – is busy organising this Sunday’s open day at the club.
The day is an opportunity for both adults and juniors to go to the club and try out the facilities, and juniors can also take part in a free taster session on Saturday.
“The Junior Saturday sessions are a great way for children to experience some fun tennis and can set them on the road to learning how to play competitive tennis at a club or external level,” said Sam.
“What we really want to do is to get as many children as possible outside, off their Xboxes etcetera, and into the fresh air for a bit of exercise and fun!”
This weekend’s activities are an example of the ways in which Leverstock Green is attempting to offer tennis to people of all ages and abilities.
The coaching staff currently run after school clubs at a number of schools in Dacorum, and these have proved to be a big hit with the children.
And for anyone purely looking to keep fit, Graham has started up a cardio tennis class.
“It’s a fun way to enjoy a cardio work out with a racket,” said Sam. “You don’t have to be a Nadal or Federer… just have a bit of puff!”
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Sunday’s Open Day begins at 10am, when those who have not played for some time can rekindle old skills.
More experienced players are welcome to mix in with club members and enjoy doubles play throughout the morning.
Junior sessions take place from 2pm.