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Tennis Club hosts successful open day


THE first weekend of April proved to be a busy one for Haverfordwest Tennis Club, with the annual open day and a visit from around 100 school children.

The open day was held on Sunday, 3 April, and once again attracted a crowd to The Parade, with around 20 adults and 20 children enjoying free tennis sessions in the sunshine with club coaches Tom Hole and Nathan Jones.

Cakes and refreshments were also on offer in the clubhouse, along with a warm welcome from the members.

Club chairman Dean Richards said: “It was a very successful day.

“It was great to see some people tasting tennis for the first time, while others were returning to the sport after 15 years.

“If you are thinking of having a go, I would say come along. Tennis is a sport for all ages, something you can pick up at any time and you can play well into your seventies and eighties.

“It is also a very sociable sport and we are very welcoming to all abilities here in Haverfordwest.”

The courts were also hive of activity on Tuesday, 5 April as Sport Pembrokeshire brought several schools down for a taster of tennis and lawn bowls.

Their laughter could be heard right across town as they took part in various tennis activities, while some pupils found a hidden talent on the green.

April also marks the end of the South Wales Winter Doubles Leagues, with the club once again celebrating success.

The women’s first team won the veterans league, and were runners-up to Cardiff in Cymru Kitchens division one.

The women’s second team finished third in division six, while their veterans are currently third in division five.

The men’s team finished fourth in division five, and their veterans fourth in division four.

There are further hopes of success in the Senior Home Nations, which see teams from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland go head to head in either Wrexham or Bolton from 30 April.

Laura Davies, Jane Allen and Val Alder have all been selected for Wales in their age groups, a great representation for such a small club as Haverfordwest.

Val goes into the tournament having recently been crowned British Over 65s champion with her partner Ann Brown.

Haverfordwest is also looking forward to the start of the summer leagues and of course the annual Pembrokeshire Open Tournament, which will take place from Monday, 4 July this year, with the ever popular finals day on Saturday, 16 July.

For anyone wanting to join the club, head over to the website or Facebook page for information on the range of packages, including half price membership for new players.