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Free tennis for kids at Roe Green this Saturday

The next Andy Murray or Laura Robson could be out there in Salford, and there’s free tennis for children and families at Roe Green Tennis Club in Worsley this Saturday 25 April.
The club’s Family Fun Day at Greenleach Lane starts from 2.30pm.

Five years ago the club installed three artificial grass courts to replace its old tarmac surfaces, which transformed the membership, says Secretary Paul Adams.

“We’ve now got around 100 members from Worsley, Salford, Bolton and beyond.

“We raised around £30,000 for the new courts, matched with a lottery grant, and the membership has just grown and grown ever since.

“We’re open to anyone who lives in the area as a not-for-profit club run by its members, purely so people can enjoy their tennis.

LTA-qualified coach Steve Mannion is running two taster sessions for new and inexperienced players throughout the day.

The club paid for PE teacher Steve to take up the qualification and he in turn helped five teenagers age 16-18 to become Tennis Leaders, with a focus on helping out younger members.

Photographer Paul has been with the club for 10 years.

“I fell out of playing football in my early 30s with family and getting out of shape, then I picked up the sport well into my 40s, and it’s been great for me.

“So I’d really like other people in the local area to enjoy it.

The drop-in sessions start at 2.30pm, with refreshments and games (with prizes) at 3pm, a second session at 3.30pm and free play from 4pm.

Find Roe Green Tennis Club online here for more details.

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