New life in Australia for Sheffield tennis club coach

Martin Jackson (in white) and members of the tennis club
Martin Jackson (in white) and members of the tennis club
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A Sheffield tennis club has said farewell to its chairman as he prepares to embark on a new life in Australia.

A special event was held by Stocksbridge Tennis Club to say goodbye to Martin Jackson, who is moving Down Under after his wife Marilyn got a new job at Darwin University.

During his time in charge, Mr Jackson has overseen the club raising more than £50,000 from sponsorship, fundraising events and donations to pay for court improvements.

He said: “I’d like to thank all who have helped build the club from 1999.

“I hope the club continues to encourage all ages, all abilities to have fun playing tennis.”

Anne Postlethwaite, club membership officer, said: “Although many members of the club have worked hard on the court improvements and fundraising, it has been Martin who has been the driving force behind this over the last year or so.

“He leaves the club in a greatly improved position.

“Martin’s philosophy has always been to be open and encourage all to come and enjoy playing tennis and the club has grown from strength to strength.”

The club will be appointing a new chairman at its annual general meeting this month.