Bloomfield setting his sights high

Daniel WynneNorfolk professional Richard Bloomfield begins his 2010 season at the $15,000 Futures event in Glasgow this week. Bloomfield has spent the off-season completing a strength and conditioning programme, designed to alleviate discomfort suffered from a slipped disc in his back which dogged his 2009 campaign.Daniel Wynne

Norfolk professional Richard Bloomfield begins his 2010 season at the $15,000 Futures event in Glasgow this week.

Bloomfield has spent the off-season completing a strength and conditioning programme, designed to alleviate discomfort suffered from a slipped disc in his back which dogged his 2009 campaign.

Ranked at 437 in the world, Bloomfield maintains that he can return to the level he reached in 2007 when he was ranked at 176.

'The injury has made life really difficult, but as soon as it's properly sorted I'm confident I can get back up there,' said the 26 year old from Alpington.

'Practice has gone well today and I'm now just waiting to see who I'll play first.'

Bloomfield's last outing was a second round appearance in a challenger in Mexico before he returned to help the Norfolk team at county cup in November.

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This week's event will be followed by another domestic Futures in Sheffield and Bloomfield will be hopeful of a tournament win to start the year.

t To celebrate the completion of the ten week Playing for Success programme at Grand Slam Learning Centre, based at Premier Racquets and Fitness Club in Sedgeford, children from Burnham Market Primary, Redgate Junior, St. George's Junior and Snettisham Primary were rewarded with a free two hour tennis coaching session.

During the PFS programme the children developed their literacy and numeracy skills through a series of activities alongside speed, agility and quickness and tennis coaching.

PFS is a partnership between the Department for Children, Schools and Families, local authorities and a broad range of sports. Norfolk boasts five centres, the other four being at North Walsham Rugby Club, Norwich City Football Club, King's Lynn Speedway and Cliff Park High in Gorleston.

Norfolk County Council's Children's Services has been a part of the Playing for Success initiative since 1999 and through their continued support have made Norfolk one of the country's leaders in providing this kind of learning opportunity.

Children from Snettisham Primary were presented with their certificates by Norfolk County Councillor John Dobson, who said: 'I was privileged to be invited to participate in the certificate presentation ceremony of a most imaginative and effective programme of achievement through sport for young schoolchildren from Snettisham. The students showed clearly that they had benefited from and enjoyed the course, which concentrated on numeracy, literacy and IT, accompanied by an introduction to PE and tennis.

For more information about Grand Slam call Adam Edwards on 01485 579385 or email adam.edwards@norfolk.gov.uk