Get to Know: Royston Tennis Club

PUBLISHED: 09:39 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Royston Tennis Club: Address: Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston, SG8 7JH Established: 1920s Membership: 75 adults and 57 junior and mini members. Current chairman: Ralph Betts About: Dating back to the 1920s, Royston Tennis Club has gone from strength to strength in rece

Address: Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston, SG8 7JH

Established: 1920s

Membership: 75 adults and 57 junior and mini members.

Current chairman: Ralph Betts

About:

Dating back to the 1920s, Royston Tennis Club has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has seen its membership rise by 20 per cent in the last three years alone.

The club had played at Therfield Heath until 2003 when, because of the deterioration of the courts, it moved to its new facilities built at Meridian School in Garden Walk.

With an established adult membership the emphasis as been put on encouraging a strong junior section and has embarked on a recruiting and coaching programme and now has four qualified coaches to assist with tactics, fitness and technique.

The club also boasts a junior and minis membership roll call of 57.

Royston Tennis Club is a Last Tennis Association affiliated club and is working towards gaining the LTA Clubmark Accreditation this year.

The club enters teams into two county LTA leagues all year round. In the Cambridge League it enters two men's, one ladies, two veterans, three mixed and three junior teams, and in the Hertfordshire League enters two junior and three mini teams.

As will be seen by the many press releases issued by the club over the last year, the adult teams have been winning their divisions and are rapidly climbing the ranks. Some of the club's juniors are in the top 10 for their age group in the county and more are improving their rankings all the time.

The club is also working with local schools providing in school tennis coaching sessions, after school tennis clubs and it also arranges annual primary school tournaments.

It is estimated that even with the limited facilities at present the courts are used by upwards of 750 adults and children from the local community and from Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire's tennis clubs.

Did you know?

The youngest member of the club is just five years old - and the oldest is 78!

They say

Christine Knight

"I have been a member of the club since 2002, holding the posts of ladies captain and for the last year club secretary and assistant coach.

"The coaching program is excellent that even at my advanced age I managed to get a new double handed backhand.

"There is a great social side to the club where all members young and old(er) can participate in mixed fun sessions and tournaments, barbecues and the annual club dinner.

"I really enjoy the club; in fact most members ask if I ever leave the courts!

"Since retiring from my business in 2008 I don't know how I fitted work in.

"There is such camaraderie between us all that any new member attending immediately feels part of the club which totally expels the old myth of tennis clubs being elitist.

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