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Tennis a big hit with youngsters down at the Riverside
3:32pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
MORE than 50 youngsters have signed up for a six-week tennis coaching scheme at the Riverside Sports Complex in Chester-le-Street.
Participants learned the basics of the sport on the complex’s outdoor courts as well as all-important etiquette such as shaking hands after a match.
The course saw competitions in three age categories.
It was sponsored by Barclays Bank, which paid £100,000 for the building of the courts five years ago, and donated a trophy for the winners and medals for all participants.
Durham County Councillor for Chester North, Tracie Smith, said interest in tennis was increasing thanks to Andy Murray.
She said until the courts were built there was nowhere in the town for youngsters to learn and play tennis.
“It is great to see children taking up tennis and entering a competition. I saw the final and it was a really high standard.”
Tennis Activator at the complex, Andy Burn, said: “Since Andy Murray we’ve seen more people using the courts generally, which is great. We have seen more families taking part.”
Coun Smith, who works part-time for Barclays, presented the trophy in the 8 to 11 competition with Chester-le-Street branch colleague to winner Jak Ajula.
The complex holds tennis training sessions throughout the year. Call 03000 266447.
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