Busy summer programme at Woodland

PUBLISHED: 09:18 26 August 2016

Junior tournament at Woodland.

Junior tournament at Woodland.

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A record breaking 41 youngsters took part in Woodland Tennis Club’s summer coaching programme.

Woodland Lawn Tennis Club’s summer programme continued to keep its juniors busy over the holidays when a record breaking 41 youngsters took part in its coaching course.

The juniors, aged from three to 16, spent hours practising their ground strokes, serves and match play, breaking only for the occasional game of the hugely popular Elmo, a team game where the loss of a point means the loss of a player.

Club coach, Steve Pantling, was impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the players saying: “It’s great to see so many kids out on court enjoying this fantastic sport.”

The week ended with the club junior singles tournament. The older juniors took part in a rankings tournament with the top two going forward to the final which will be played on finals day alongside the seniors.

Tom Deverson and Oliver Fuller qualified owing to their consistently impressive performances, both boys only dropped four games in nine matches. The younger juniors had a separate round robin tournament.

In a tense boys’ final, Warren Gifford beat Owain Edwards, while Amelia Briffitt managed to overcome an energetic Scarlett Johannsen to win the girls’ trophy.

For more information on the club and its activities, contact membership secretary, Jenny Purcell, on 07725 890656 or visit the website at www.woodlandtennisclub.co.uk

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