A tennis club is aiming to serve up an open day to remember in a bid to encourage more young people to take up the sport.
Boldon Lawn Tennis Club, based in Dipe Lane, East Boldon, is hoping to net some new players when it opens its gates on Saturday.
The event will give visitors a chance to find out more about the game, test their skills out on the court and take a look at the revamped clubhouse.
The open day is part of the national Tennis for Kids campaign. The initiative aims to inspire 10,000 children, aged five to eight years old, to pick up a racket and play tennis for the first time, as part of a lasting legacy of Britain’s first Davis Cup win, in 79 years, last year.
Stephanie Eaden, head coach at the club since 2013, said: “The aim of this week and our open day is to encourage more children to get into the sport.
“The club will be open to the general public on Saturday for people to come down and see what it is we have to offer.
We are really keen to raise awareness of the sport as well as promote the Tennis for Kids campaign.Stephanie Eaden
“They will also be able to visit our new-look clubhouse, which has been revamped, thanks to funding from SITA.
“The club has been going since 1886 and we still have some of the old wooden rackets that were first used.
“We are really keen to raise awareness of the sport and of the local clubs in the area as well as promote the Tennis for Kids campaign.”
Boldon Lawn Tennis Club has been in operation since 1886. It has six outside courts, three of which are floodlit, and a clubhouse.
Tennis is available for people of all ages and abilities, from playing socially to taking part in competitions.
The open day on Saturday will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm and includes a doubles competition and the official opening of the clubhouse at 4pm.
For details on the club, visit clubspark.lta.org.uk/BoldonLTC or visit Boldon Lawn Tennis Club on Facebook.