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Players from Newark Tennis Club are aiming to smash their courts target


By Rachel Armitage


Hundreds of pounds was raised at the weekend as part of a campaign to return Newark Tennis Club’s courts back to their former glory.

Newark Tennis Club held a tournament and open day on Saturday, which included a raffle, auction, and cake stand, as well as other fundraising events.

A total of £330 was raised during the day.

Newark Tennis Club held a fundraising day along with their open season tournament .Pictured is John Jessop left and Ashley Hallam in action. (9325125)
Newark Tennis Club held a fundraising day along with their open season tournament .Pictured is John Jessop left and Ashley Hallam in action. (9325125)

Andy Cole, chairman of the club said: “It went very well, the weather was against us but the tournament went well thankfully.”

The tennis club, on London Road, currently has three all-weather courts and seven grass courts, although the grass courts have fallen into disuse and now the club is aiming to raise enough money to get two of them back up and running again.

Newark Tennis Club held a fundraising day along with their open season tournament .Pictured is John Jessop back left , Ashley Hallam ,James Lalyk and Marcus Hallam in action. (9325126)
Newark Tennis Club held a fundraising day along with their open season tournament .Pictured is John Jessop back left , Ashley Hallam ,James Lalyk and Marcus Hallam in action. (9325126)

“The demand for court use has increased and increased pressure on court time has meant that we are having to bring back into use our grass courts.”

Andy said: “It’s an expensive job to get two of the courts back in service again, and we are hoping to keep subscription fees down and competitive to keep our members.

Newark Tennis Club (9337847)
Newark Tennis Club (9337847)

“We are delighted that membership has nearly doubled in the last two years, consequently the demand for court use has increased and increased pressure on court time has meant that we are having to bring back into use our grass courts.

“We have spent some money on the pavilion and we now spending money on the grass courts.

“There’s growing interest in playing tennis, at our club and we offer coaching for juniors and seniors. It is a great place to be when the sun shines.

Newark Tennis Club held a fundraising day along with their open season tournament .Pictured are some of the fundraisers with cake at the event l-r Annie Davies,Andy Cole, Sara Jackson,Barbara Woodcock and Lynne Hare. (9325129)
Newark Tennis Club held a fundraising day along with their open season tournament .Pictured are some of the fundraisers with cake at the event l-r Annie Davies,Andy Cole, Sara Jackson,Barbara Woodcock and Lynne Hare. (9325129)

“Bringing the grass courts back into use will not only help with current demand, it will enable the grow further.”

Anyone interested in joining Newark Tennis Club should call Andy Cole on 07788 687705.



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