Tennis club searching for the next generation of stars

Boldon Lawn Tennis Club open day for new members
Boldon Lawn Tennis Club open day for new members
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A TENNIS club has launched a new drive to find the next generation of stars.

Bosses at Boldon Lawn Tennis Club, in Dipe Lane, East Boldon, held an open day where they served up a range of free activities for anyone interested in joining.

Top British players have long complained that there are not enough youngsters playing the game and want more investment at grass-roots level.

Now the club is making efforts to address the problem, offering free taster days to try to encourage people to pick up a racquet.

Club captain Amy Oxman, from Cleadon, said: “We’ve been out and about handing leaflets about the club to people and hopefully some will come along.

“One of the main things we find is that no-one knows where we are. We’re on Dipe Lane but set back from the road, so people need to look out for a cut that leads to the club.

“The whole place has just been revamped with new facilities inside and re-laid courts.”

The 32-year-old, who has been at the club since she was 10, is hoping the Olympics will inspire people to play more sport.

She said: “We often hold open days, but this year holds a bit more significance.

“There is talk of the Olympics leaving a legacy and the way to do that is for young people to get involved.

“There’s always a spike of interest during Wimbledon and we’re holding another open day to coincide with that.

“We really do cater for people of all abilities so there’s no need for anyone to worry about their level of skill.”

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