Tennis players have a ball on new club courts

People turned out to Stocksbridge Tennis Club to enjoy a tennis festival celebration on Saturday
People turned out to Stocksbridge Tennis Club to enjoy a tennis festival celebration on Saturday
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Over 100 people turned out to try their hand at tennis at the unveiling of new courts at a Sheffield sports club.

Stocksbridge Tennis Club held the free day of celebration - including tennis games for all the family - on Saturday.

It marked the opening of new courts at the club after members tirelessly fundraised to revamp them.

Only a year ago, club leaders feared it may have to close as the uneven, slippery and worn courts were in such a poor condition.

But over £45,000 has been collected thanks to donations, grants and fundraising events.

Martin Jackson, club chairman, said: “The day was a big success.

“I’d say there were about 100 people there, many of them who had never been on a tennis court before.

“The Mayor of Stocksbridge came along to officially open the courts.

“We had lots of activities and games going on across the courts.”

The club still has to raise £4,000 to paint the courts and hopes to install floodlights.

Visit www.stocksbridgetennisclub.org.uk to donate.