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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Tennis returns after 50 years

TENNIS: CORBRIDGE is ready to welcome back tennis within the next three months – after an absence of five decades.

Construction work to create courts at Tynedale Rugby Club is expected to start within six weeks, with work expected to take no longer than a month-and-a-half to complete.

Planned as part of the £135,000 project is three, floodlit courts at the rugby club, and more than 100 people have already expressed an interest in joining Corbridge Tennis Club.

Secretary Mike Pottage said: “It has been three and a half years since the committee at the club was formed, and we are all delighted it has gone so quickly and we are looking forward to forming a tennis club in the village.

“It will be a community club and open to everybody, so anybody who wants to join will be welcomed regardless of ability, which in my case is pretty awful!

“We will also be looking to develop youth tennis and we have already got a number of coaches in the junior section as we hope to encourage young members to join.”

The emergence of tennis at Corbridge adds to a bumper time for the sport in Tynedale, the new establishment one of three local clubs to receive large grants.

Tynedale and Riding Mill have both benefited from Inspired Facilities funding from Sport England, and Corbridge too was awarded £50,000 to help get the club up-and-running.

With other clubs in the area thriving, there are high hopes that friendly rivalries will heat up between the district’s clubs.

Mr Pottage said: “We are very grateful to Sport England for the grant it gave us, and I am sure there is room for everybody to partake in tennis in the area.

“Hopefully, it will be a sport that attracts more young people to play, as well as adults too, and the boost for all clubs can only be a good thing for Tynedale in my view.

“It should provide some opportunities for keen and competitive rivalries for a number of years!”

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the courts, the club are to host a launch evening at Tynedale Rugby Club on Saturday, February 23, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from (01434) 634248 or (01434) 632464, or email: liz.nev@hotmail.co.uk