Andrew McNeil takes over reins as head coach at Acle Tennis Club

Acle Tennis Club has unveiled Andrew McNeil, from London, as the man to lead the club forward.

McNeil brings 13 years of experience to the role of head coach and has worked at one of the largest clubs in America, as well as spending time in Australia helping to set up mini tennis.

Plans for the club include a new junior and adult programme, while increasing the number of social events and tournaments at the outdoor venue between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

McNeil's first event is an open day on Saturday, May 26, at which members of the public are invited to come along and use the club's facilities from 10am-3pm.

Activities on the day will include free coaching for all ages and the chance to play friendly doubles matches with current members. Visitors can take on the serve speed challenge to see if they can beat the coaching team and enjoy an all-day BBQ while finding out about all that Acle Tennis Club has to offer.


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The club can be found on Bridewell Lane, Acle and anyone who becomes a member on the day will have their joining fee waived.

Meanwhile, Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Club boasts two teams in the top flight of the Ladies' City League and each made a good start to their 2012 campaigns with excellent wins away from home.

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The A team travelled to Cringleford and when Mary Ogden and Heather Bottomley were beaten by Meg Grainger and Mel Bowen, it was clear that the match would be no easy ride.

Captain Cheryl Buck and new member Clair Hill redressed the balance with a win over the Cringleford second pairing of Jenny Hall and Sally Hardwick.

The second round of matches would swing heavily in Cromer's favour as both pairs won, including a whitewash for the impressive Ogden and Bottomley, which left the final score at 43-21 to the seaside outfit.

Cromer B headed to Acle and began the evening with a keenly-contested draw for Val Woodhouse and Belinda Cammell against strong opposition.

Annie Cowper-Johnson and Fiona Hoffman edged their encounter at second pair 9-7 to leave Cromer marginally ahead at the halfway stage. The reverse fixtures were split as Woodhouse and Cammell won 9-7, while Cowper-Johnson and Hoffman lost by the same score, leaving Cromer as overall winners by just 33 games to 31.

East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club in Norwich plays host to two charity doubles events in the coming weeks.

Spaces are available on Wednesday, May 16 and Wednesday June 20 and players should contact Diane Bush for entry forms or more information at dianevbush@gmail.com.

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