Sponsorship deal to net new balls please

Taj Raja tries his hand at tennis
Taj Raja tries his hand at tennis

A CITY restaurant has entered into a unique sponsorship deal to help young tennis players reach their maximum potential.

In the week that the world’s best players descend on Wimbledon, VerandahTALK - which offers an eclectic mix of Indian and Lebanese food - has joined forces with Wolverton Tennis Club.

Youngsters at Wolverton Tennis Club with VerandahTALK's Taj Raja

Youngsters at Wolverton Tennis Club with VerandahTALK's Taj Raja

The Woverton based eatery is hoping to help the club find the next Andy Murray or Tim Henman; or simply to nurture a new breed of tennis enthusiasts ready to sit on Henman Hill or Murray Mount.

The sponsorship deal will cover the club’s mini-tennis programme and provide extra coaching sessions to selected young players.

Coaches at the club will select eight of their under 10’s to take part in an extra one hour group training session every week for ten weeks.

The scheme, to be known as the VerandahTALK Mini-Tennis Programme, will see players picked for the course based on their commitment, endeavour and talent.

VerandahTALK will also supply money towards mini-tennis orange balls and a mini-tennis net.

The extra coaching sessions will be run in addition to Wolverton Tennis Club’s normal free coaching provided as part of its club scheme.

VerandahTALK boss Taj Raja, himself a keen tennis player, said he has a passion for the sport and a desire to put something back into the community in Wolverton.

He said: “It is really important for a business to be part of the community it serves.

“We are proud to be part of a close knit and thriving community which has been extremely supportive ever since we opened our doors in 2009. Not being a massive operation means we are able communicate and engage with our customers on a personal level.

“With Wimbledon’s arrival this collaboration with the tennis club seemed like a logical move and a useful opportunity to introduce youngsters to the sport.

“Of course we would love to help them bring through a star name of the future, but it is just as important to encourage a love of the sport among youngsters in Wolverton.

“Kids need something to do to keep them fit, healthy and out of trouble. The tennis club does a great job providing this.”

Based in Osborne Street, Wolverton Tennis Club was formed in 1903 and has a full quota of mens, womens and colts fixtures.

Tennis club spokesman Pete Tolaini said: “This is a really generous donation from VerandahTALK.

“We have some talented young players here and it will definitely help them to develop their games.”

VerandahTALK offers a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes made from high quality produce and seasonal ingredients.

The restaurant is based on Stratford Road, ( opposite Tescos store) Wolverton and can be contacted by calling 01908 317300 or via email at info@verandahtalk.co.uk

For more information on VerandahTalk visit the VerandahTALK website.

For more information on Wolverton Tennis Club visit the Wolverton Tennis Club website.