My husband and I played tennis but just as a holiday habit. I had played as a junior but was too nervous to join a tennis club as I thought everyone would be so much better and I would feel embarrassed.
We dared ourselves to try out the Downs LTC and I can only say it is one of the best things we have ever done.
The people were so kind, understanding and welcoming. We have made so many new friends, got fitter and enhanced our lives.
As our Club is affiliated to the LTA we play competitive Men’s, Ladies and Mixed Doubles matches with other clubs in the Surrey leagues, both in the summer and winter. The league arrangements mean that we always have good matches and I’ve particularly enjoyed meeting and playing other tennis enthusiasts from local clubs. We have quite a few teams at our Club and so it is easy for those who want to play competitively to join one.
I came back to tennis three years ago, not having played it for some time. I was pretty rusty, but soon rediscovered my pleasure in the game. I found the members of the Club really encouraging – and now I am playing for one of the teams!