Leader of Milton Keynes Council trains for Wimbledon at Wolverton Tennis Club

Leader of the Milton Keynes Council, Councillor Peter Marland
Leader of the Milton Keynes Council, Councillor Peter Marland

The sun shone for Wolverton Tennis Club’s open weekend, which aimed to encourage everyone to pick up a raquet - even the leader of Milton Keynes Council.

Councillor Peter Marland was invited as a special guest to see what the club had to offer as the country’s attention turned to tennis in the midst of Wimbledon.

“It was great to go and see what great work Wolverton Tennis Club is doing to get people of all ages and abilities playing sport,” said Mr Marland.

“The facilities and coaching are first class.

“It was wonderful to see so many children and young people playing tennis and if we are to turn our aspirations of becoming an International Sporting City into reality then we need to ensure rising levels of numbers taking part in grassroots sport.”

Club coach, Peter Tolaini, served up a morning full of activities for the juniors and parents, with the support of assistant coach, Rob Small, introduced young players to mini tennis, drill sessions and some favourite games utilising the movement required for tennis fitness and getting everyone playing and involved.

Committee members and volunteers ran a jam packed schedule, providing welcoming information about the club, coaching opportunities and membership all whilst manning the tea and cake stall, running a BBQ and not to forget hosting a little fun for those with a competitive nature with ‘beat the ball machine’ and ‘fastest serve’ competitions.

Chairman of the club, Steve Doyle, said: “On the day we had over 50 visitors along with many more members who were enticed out by the glorious summer sun.

“Everyone left with a smile on their face and the feedback was very positive. ‘Isn’t everybody here very friendly’ was the most commonly uttered phrase.

“We look forward to seeing all our guests again as our season progresses.

“If you are inspired by Mr Murray’s attempt to retain his Wimbledon crown, then either contact us via the website or facebook page or simply wander down to see us on a Saturday afternoon and we’ll do our best to make you welcome whether you are 7 or 70!”

For further information about Wolverton Tennis Club please visit www.wolvertontennisclub.co.uk or email wolvertontennis@hotmail.com