Open Day 2017 Review

Our open day was a huge success and this is mostly due to all of our attendees. We were amazed with not only the number (108 😮) of attendees but the enthusiasm shown by all the children and adults either playing or spectating.   

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We started the day with a tots and mini red session. Mark, Chris and Bexley helped introduce tennis to 30 boys and girls, 3-8 years old. Our lessons always strive to have one aim and that is to be Fun! This was clear to see as so many of the boys and girls were seen smiling and laughing as they attempted their skills. 

The mini orange and green lessons followed where we had 27 boys and girls, 8-11 years old playing on the outdoor courts. Mark, Tom and Chris were impressed with the level of tennis shown by many players who were attending a lesson for the first time. 

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Our annual schools tournament was next up. Bishops Cleeve, Grangefield, St John's & Woodmancote school all had 2 mini orange players entered. These were children who currently have lessons with the club as a reward for their progress and hard work. After looking at the forecast all week and even the morning before, we were astonished we were able to get outside and complete 2 singles rounds and a doubles round uninterrupted. The matches were played in great spirit with some very close matches. Players knew that every point was crucial and this came true as the top 3 was separated by only 5 points.

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Every player should be proud of their efforts. Lily and Lola from grangefield were playing their very first tournament after previously only having lessons after school at Grangefield. They battled against some experienced players and it will have been a great experience for them. Bishops Cleeve came third, just 6 points from lifting the trophy. Katie and Charlie played some excellent tennis but came up short in the doubles. Both played some beautiful shots and were unlucky to only come away with third place. Just 2 points separated St Johns and Woodmancote. Zack and Lois from St. John's narrowly missed out on a winners medal to Hannah & Skyla of Woodmancote. It was an excellent effort from them all and I'm sure the huge crowd on our version of Henman hill/ Murray mound were in agreement. 

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Whilst the tournament was taking place, Mark led a cardio tennis session. Despite technical difficulties with the music, players worked hard and had some fun on a court (everything cardio aims to be).  Hope to see you all at our session on a Thursday evening!

Mark also had an Adult group lesson where players worked on all areas of their game from net play to serving and rallying. Monday is our adult night so we hope to see you on court soon. 

The teens group was quiet but we hope Preshawn enjoyed his 1-1 lesson with Mark, Tom & Chris as the coaches had a little swap around. 

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We concluded the day with Glow tennis which was a fantastic finale to a memorable day. 

We would like to thank you all for making it such a fantastic day. Special thanks to Bexley and Skyla who were with us all day as volunteers, you're help was greatly appreciated! Thanks to Ade and Pete from the Sports Centre for firstly letting us take over their centre and for all their help with setting up and organising the day. 

Raffle Winners: Congratulations to the Chattell family for winning a years free tennis coaching for one child. 

 

Remember to post your photos on Twitter and Facebook and use hashtags #anyonefortennis & #CaughtOnCamera2017 and tag @BritishTennis and us in them too. You could win some great tennis kit!

Tom JacobsenComment