Youngsters show off their skills at official opening of a tennis club in Thetford

An open day was held to celebrate the official opening of the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club. Pictu

An open day was held to celebrate the official opening of the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club. Pictured are some of the members, coaches and youngsters who turned up to take part. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

The next Andy Murray and Johanna Konta were showing off their skills or picking up a racket for the first time at a tennis club's open day.

Paul Hope (left) officially opens the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club. He is pictured alongside the

Paul Hope (left) officially opens the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club. He is pictured alongside the Staniforth Trust vice chairman Stuart Wright and town councillors on the board of the corporate trustee - Thetford Town Council - Jane James and Sylvia Armes. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

The day was held to celebrate the official opening of the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club and children were keen to get involved in the number of drills and activities taking place.

Based in King's Garden, the club - which is run by Titan Tennis Academy - will make use of two newly refurbished tennis courts.

Paul Hope, the director of Titan Tennis and who is also a coach, has held coaching session at the Thetford Academy since 2012, but is hoping he can find more talented youngsters now he has a club based in the town.

An open day was held to celebrate the official opening of the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club. Pictu

An open day was held to celebrate the official opening of the Staniforth Thetford Tennis Club. Pictured are some of the members, coaches and youngsters who turned up to take part. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant


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He said: 'I am really pleased. It is beautiful and it could not be any better.

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'It is the first time we are going to be offering membership for people to play here. I want it to be a club for everybody.'

For junior members of the club, they will take part in the Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association Eastern Performance Centre and the adults can take part in the Norfolk and Suffolk Tennis League.

Titan Tennis Academy was started by Mr Hope in 2013 after deciding to leave his job in sales and marketing and pursue something he has always loved.

The 35-year-old also runs his academy sessions in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

He added: 'Thetford needs a tennis club and it is not just the tennis these kids need. They need to be around kids and having fun.'

A clubhouse has been refurbished by Mr Hope and his team of tennis coaches, with the help of a grant from Thetford Town Council, and it provides a changing room, toilets and bar area.

King's House and gardens belong to the Staniforth Trust which was set up by the late George Staniforth.

The trust rents the tennis courts and clubhouse to Mr Hope as part of Mr Staniforth's wish for the people of Thetford to enjoy the facilities.

Stuart Wright, who is vice chairman of the trust, said: 'It is great for the town to have a facility like this providing the opportunity for young people to get involved with tennis.'

For more information about the club and coaching sessions click here

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