HAVE A GO: Barnard castle Tennis Club aims to get more people playing
HAVE A GO: Barnard castle Tennis Club aims to get more people playing


A SERIES of ‘Free Friday’ tennis sessions are being hosted by Barnard Castle Lawn Tennis Club next month in a bid to encourage more people to get out onto the courts now weather turns more spring like.

Club treasurer Pauline Connelly said: “Everyone gets really excited about tennis when Wimbledon is on, but we wanted to get people up and playing before that.

“The sessions are a really great opportunity to give tennis a go.

“You don’t have to be an expert, you may never have played before, but it’s all about having a go.”

The club, which was established in 1963, has three Tarmac courts in the grounds of The Bowes Museum as well as their own pavilion, all of which are wheelchair accessible.

The sessions will take place on each Friday during April and will be split in to juniors and adults. Junior sessions will take place between 4pm and 5pm and adults will be on court from 5.30pm.

Ms Connelly added: “It’s for all ages and abilities and you don’t even have to worry about bringing any equipment as we will have that all on hand. You just need to make sure you’re in appropriate shoes and loose clothing.”

Local coach Geoff Thomas, a Lawn Tennis Association accredited coach, is also available to provide expert tuition to players.

The club organises a variety of competitions during the year and hosts weekly club nights on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Coaching sessions are available for both adults and juniors. There are a variety of membership options available, though court hire, subject to availability, is also open to guests.

For more information about Barnard Castle Lawn Tennis Club you can visit their website at barnardcastletennis.org.uk or visit the social media page facebook.com /BarnardCastleLawntennisclub/