Murray-mania boosts tennis club membership

Mick Hague, head coach pictured with children attending the tennis coaching sessions at Doncaster Lawn tennis club. He is also pictured with coaches Jake Prime, Liz Beaton, joint head coach and Toby Mettam. Picture: Marie Caley D5370MC
Mick Hague, head coach pictured with children attending the tennis coaching sessions at Doncaster Lawn tennis club. He is also pictured with coaches Jake Prime, Liz Beaton, joint head coach and Toby Mettam. Picture: Marie Caley D5370MC
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Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon success has helped to serve up a near ten per cent membership boost for Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club.

Membership of Bessacarr-based club had been down on the 2012 total prior to Murray’s sensational SW19 success.

“Times are hard for a lot of people and membership had been down on last year for the previous six months,” said a club official.

“But over 20 new members joined last month and more have joined this month and we have now topped last year’s figure.

“Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success has obviously increased interest in the sport nationally, and that is also proving to be the case in Doncaster.

“The warm weather last month also probably played a part in encouraging people to take more of an interest in playing the game and it has been pleasing to see the courts so busy.

“With us being able to provide tennis 12 months a year due to our modern facilities, which include eight floodlit courts, we are hoping that the membership continues to increase for the rest of the year.

“We are offering new members a 25 per cent discount and they will only be charged on a pro-rata basis for the rest of the year, so there couldn’t be a better time to give the club a try.”

Interest in the game is also reflected in the number of youngsters attending the various summer coaching courses being run at the club during the school holidays.

“The camps have been very busy this year and we recently had record numbers of 50 children, aged between five and 14 years,” said head coach Mick Hague.

“We also run pre-school camps for youngsters aged three and four and they have also been very well attended.

The club are running several more one-day camps for both age-groups before the end of the school holidays.

Anyone interested in attending – non-members are welcome - should contact Mick on 07974 531398. All equipment is provided.