All welcome at tennis club open day

March 26 2018
All welcome at tennis club open day

WELLS Tennis Club is offering the chance for local people to give the game a try at their open day on Saturday, April 21.

All five courts and two mini courts will be packed with free tennis-related activities from 9.30am until 2pm. As well as a chance to try tennis with award-winning coach Kevin Durney, refreshments and discounted memberships will be on offer.

Visitors don’t need a racquet – just some enthusiasm to give tennis a go.

The club now has more than 200 members who enjoy regular social games, competitions and discounted coaching at its site next to the football club on Rowdens Road.

A 2016 study by Oxford University found that people who enjoyed racquet sports also enjoyed a longer life compared to other sports. Researchers attributed the life-saving benefits of racquet sports to the mental and social benefits that go with the sport for all ages.

Kevin – Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership Coach of the Year for 2017 – said: “Tennis is a great way to improve your health and social life at the same time. I see new players gain improved stamina, agility and strength as well as developing tactical skills. I’m looking forward to meeting beginners, rusty returners to the game and those who want competition at our open day.”

The timetable for coaching on the day is:

• 9.30am-10.30am: mini red (aged 8 and younger)

• 10.30am-11.30am: mini orange / green (aged 9 and 10)

• 11.30am-1pm: juniors (aged 11 and older)

• 1pm-2pm: adults

All spare courts will be available for free turn up and play throughout the day.

For more information about the schedule for the day, visit

• With the home courts covered in snow, the Wells A-team was lucky to have an away match at Wedmore on Sunday, March 4, against their C-team with snow free courts. However, some rain showers made play difficult at times.

The men’s doubles with Jonathan Parsons and Kevin Durney had a quick win 6-1, 6-2.

The ladies’ doubles with Sarah Townsend and Caroline Moule worked hard against opponents and weather, but lost 5-7, 3-6.

After a break with heavy showers, Jon and Sarah won in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, and Kevin and Caroline won 6-4, 6-4. Overall Wells A won with 8-3 points.

This was the last match for the A-team in this winter season 2017-2018. With five wins out of 10 matches and an overall points score of 57, the A-team should remain in Division 4.

Captain Caroline thanked Sarah Townsend, Wendy Edwards, Kevin Durney, Seth Cunningham, Ray Brook, Charles Tweed, Colin Blatchford-Brown, Derk Erkelens, Dave Mills, Neil Coleman and Jonathan Parsons who all played and contributed to the points.