Montrose Tennis Club springs into action

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MONTROSE Tennis Club is preparing to hold a full day of activities for members old and new this Sunday (March 27).

Events will kick off at 10am when coach Graeme Walker begins his second year at the club with junior coaching running until 12.30pm. Bacon roll breakfasts will be on offer to replace any lost calories.

The official opening will be at 1pm when new club president Jen Richardson will unveil coach Graeme’s new club programme.

A demonstration of Cardio Tennis will follow the official opening. As Montrose Tennis Club is one of the first in Angus to hold Cardio Tennis this is a great way to come along and see how it can help you get in shape and improve your fitness.

Mr Walker said: “If you want to get fit while having fun then Cardio Tennis could be for you.

“It’s a fun group activity where players of all abilities, both men and women, enjoy the experience.

“It is more about getting people moving and active and less about hitting great forehands and backhands.

“It involves short cycles of high intensity workouts with periods of rest - like interval training with background music to enhance the experience.”

Following the demonstration, soup and nibbles will be available before a social ‘Fun Tournament’ at 2pm.

Racket man Mark will also be on hand with a selection of rackets to try before you buy.

The tournament will be the first of a series the coach will run on each Sunday for different age groups. It is hoped that the tournaments will provide new chances to play for the growing membership.

A year after the installation of floodlights and new courts the club committee has been delighted with the response in both the increase of membership and the usage of floodlit courts.

The club’s lighting system, funded with lottery cash after Montrose citizens rallied to the club’s cause, has meant play has been uninterrupted over the winter - except when covered in the winter snow.

This year the club has set the goal of upgrading the three concrete back courts. Training for the club’s league season is well under way with many new faces ensuring the teams will be competitive in their new, higher divisions. Scottish Cup ties will begin in the first weekend of April with the men handed the tough task of trying to tame the University of St Andrews.

Over the winter the club fielded three winter league teams including one in the first division. They competed well and none were in any danger of relegation with the third team topping the tables.

During the Easter holidays, Mr Walker will be running two weeks of Easter Camps for children from P1 to S6 to get outdoors, have fun and improve their tennis skills.

Week One runs daily from April 4 to 8 and Week Two from April 11 to 15, both weeks are open to all children both members and non-members.

The club has also been allocated eleven pairs of tickets for the Wimbledon Championships from June 20 to July 3. All paid-up club members are eligible and those wishing to go can put their name into the club ballot for the tickets.

All club information, including subscription and coaching costs, can be found on the club website at www.montrosetennisclub.org