As Andy Murray begins his Wimbledon title defence, Eastwood Tennis Club is hoping they will be able to get more people into the game after they were served a ‘much needed’ cash boost.
Eastwood Tennis Club have recently recieved a £2,500 cheque from the Eastwood South Community First funding group and are inviting anyone that wants to take up the sport to go down to their open day this month.
The club applied for funding to increase participation in the game, including offering free training sessions accross the Eastwood family of schools.
A total of 400 students from the schools will now be taking part in a tournament on Thursday July 17.
An open day is being held by the club to encourage people to get involved in the game on Sunday (June 29) between 10am and 4pm. There will be fun for all the family throughout the day, including adult and junior coaching, mini-tennis, cardio tennis, a barbecue, cake stall and tombola.
There will also be a raffle where all proceeds will be going to a charity called Rally for Bally — a fund set up in honour of former British women’s number one Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer earlier this year.
Gillian Bradshaw, committee member for the tennis club in Church Walk, said: “The main reason for the day is to have fun and play some tennis, all are welcome, from the more experienced to those who have never played before.”
The Eastwood South Community First group has only got one more round of funding left to give out of a four-year funding pot which has supported more than 20 groups.
Any local groups looking for financial support should contact Sarah Taylor at Phoenix Cue Sports on 01773 760459, the next deadline is Monday June 30.