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Surrey.Tennis 2017/2018

A review of all the activities in Surrey Tennis in 2017/2018 Published by Surrey.Tennis

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venues Surrey tennis St. Teresa’s Tennis Academy, Effingham Getting more girls playing tennis and providing opportunities to the wider community. How STTA came about? The journey and the reasons behind Kirsti and Lee Childs setting the Academy up. The school advertised for a full time tennis coach, and Lee and Kirsti approached the headmaster of the school with the idea of a tennis academy. This was seen as a great opportunity to increase levels of participation. The girls’ school was keen to offer high performance tennis coaching as well as tennis programmes for all playing standards. Lee and Kirsti aimed to increase levels of participation not only at the school but also the local area. They were looking at opening up holiday camps to children outside the school. The Academy at the moment: Getting more females into the game STTA offers group and individual sessions to girls at the school, and has quickly become a popular activity for students. There is a scholarship programme for those students who demonstrate real potential. These players are then encouraged to compete. STTA have started to run match play events at the school. The aims of STTA going forward - Expanding their programme to provide more opportunities for both students and the local community. Lee and Kirsti want to continue to develop their high performance tennis programme. They want to expand their competition programme at STTA to help encourage more girls at the school to compete. There is a long term aim of having an indoor structure for STTA. This would be a great addition to their programme, but also to the wider community. The Academy runs Open Days in order to encourage more people to join their after school programme. Contact: Kirsti Childs stta@st-teresas.com 18 surrey tennis magazine

venues Surrey tennis Bright Ideas for Tennis at Wallington Tennis Club n Sunday 9 April 2017, Bright Ideas for Tennis pros Danny O Sapsford and Luke Milligan supported Wallington Tennis Club in providing a fun day of expert coaching at all levels. Keen club members then compared the speed of their serves to the pros in a fastest serve competition. In glorious sunshine, the day ended with some exhibition matches where Danny and Luke rolled back the years with some great rallies and trick shots against club champions and players. The event, which included a BBQ and Raffle, was a great success with over £500 raised towards the clubs hard court regeneration fund. Chairman Clive Pickering would like to express his thanks to Danny and Bright Ideas for Tennis for their much needed help and support. The club are looking to grow their membership so if you are looking to play some tennis and meet new people please contact Clive direct on 07976 944078 or clivepickeringtennis@gmail.com. Wallington Tennis Club website: www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/ wallingtontennisclub For more information on the Bright Ideas for Tennis initiative and how this tennis charity might benefit your club, visit their website: www.brightideasfortennis.org surrey tennis magazine 19