It’s tennis for all ages at thriving Wheatley club

Net call:  Club coach Myles Collett, back left, with, from left, Catherine Otoibhi, Caitlin Bosworth, Jasmine Brown, Kai Harrington, coach Lucy Wright, Charlie Pratt,  Harry Boyd,  Danny Hayhoe and Sam Arrowsmith.             Picture: Steve Taylor
Net call: Club coach Myles Collett, back left, with, from left, Catherine Otoibhi, Caitlin Bosworth, Jasmine Brown, Kai Harrington, coach Lucy Wright, Charlie Pratt, Harry Boyd, Danny Hayhoe and Sam Arrowsmith. Picture: Steve Taylor
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ANYONE for tennis on the eve of Wimbledon?

If so, Wheatley Hills would like to hear from you.

The thriving club, which has 120 members, is based in Greenhouse Road.

It boasts three hard courts, two of which are floodlit, and an active adult and junior programme.

The club operates mix-in-and-play sessions for adult members on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the year.

They also have a ladies’ beginners session on Friday evenings at 5pm .

Monday night is designated as men’s night with the ladies holding court on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The club also hold a monthly members’ competition and stage cardio tennis fitness sessions ( tennis to music)

Non-members are welcome to come along and play.

For members interested in playing competitive tennis, the club run men’s and ladies’ teams in the Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Yorkshire leagues.

The club’s junior programme includes Saturday pay-and-play sessions from 9.30 am ( 5-8yr olds) 10.30 am ( 8-10s) 11.30 am ( 11+) and 12.30 pm teenagers.

There are also midweek squad sessions for teams who play in the South Yorkshire League.

LTA-qualified coaches Myles Collett (head coach) and Lucy Wright are involved in the Doncaster Schools’ Tennis Programme and on July 7 are holding a Primary Schools’ Tennis Festival.

The club has close links with Danum School and coaches run after-school and holiday tennis sessions at the school with the help of an ABC award from the South Yorkshire Police authority .

Anybody interested in joining the club, or wanting further information, should contact Myles on 0796 7606837

What a stage

DONCASTER Rovers Supporters’ Club official, and Star columnist, Paul Mayfield carried some extra luggage on the recent Inca Walk in the Andes - two trophies.

With neither player able to attend the Retford Branch end of season dinner, Paul decided to make the presentation of away player of the year trophies to James O’Connor (Retford Branch) and James Coppinger (Rossington bus) at the top of Machu Picchu.

The party of 10 walkers, who found the 62 mile trek much tougher than expected, are still looking for extra donations and people wishing to make a donation to the NSPCC charity can do so by logging on to www.justgiving.com/roversncatrek.

Over the top

THERE is no doubting that Usain Bolt is the No 1 attraction in athletics right now.

But the way he is being feted at the various Diamond League meetings in Europe, is I feel, a little over the top and unfair on other leading athletes.

I realise that promoters, having paid out a lot of ‘appearance’ money to attract the fastest man on the planet to their meeting, want to get value for money.

The charismatic Bolt, for his part, seems happy to go along with all the pre and post race hype.

The crowds seem to love the fact that Bolt does a lap of honour in a car, stopping off at regular intervals to pose for pictures.

But it wouldn’t be surprising if other big names started to resent the special attention afforded to Bolt.