Avenue Tennis Club teams up with Performance Plus Sports (PPS)

The Avenue Tennis Club have partnered with Performance Plus Sport (PPS) to provide a Community Progression Programme providing 2 hours of funded tennis per week in 3 x 6 week blocks through the 2018 – 19 school year.  The goal is to support young local children and create opportunities for regular tennis at the Avenue Tennis Club,managed by Tennis Club Manager, Barry Ramsden, with the coaching provided by the Avenue’s qualified coaches on a Monday 5 till 6 and Tuesday 6 to 7.  The coaching is free of charge to the players as is membership of the tennis club during the course and equipment. 

The first 2 courses started in November and will complete mid December with dates for the 2nd of the 3 blocks to be advised.  If you think your child would be interested in attending the 2nd 6 week block of tennis coaching course then please contact Barry Ramsden at the Avenue Tennis Club 01278 782758 / 07749 878581,visit the clubs website avenuetennis.com or look on the facebook page for more details.

Performance Plus Sport is a charity that was founded and is ran by father and son, John and James Feaver, both of whom were professional tennis players.  Both have strong links to Avenue Tennis Club and are passionate about supporting the club and encouraging more participation in sport for young sportspeople.  John Feaver, pictured above, visited the Avenue Tennis Club to see coach, Wendy Pryce, take the Monday night kids through some tennis development drills and was very pleased to see so many happy faces on a very cold and windy night enjoying tennis. 

Johnenjoyed most of his tennis success whilst playing doubles.  During his career he reached 10 doublesfinals, achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 98 in October 1973,and a career-high doubles ranking of 104 in January 1983. He was a FrenchOpen doubles semi-finalist in 1982. For over 20 years (1976 to 1997), Johnheld the record for serving the most aces in a single Wimbledon match, 42,achieved against John Newcombe (although John still lost the match). He alsorepresented Great Britain in the Davis Cup between 1977 and 1983. On the court his career on the ATP men’s tour had lasted from 1973 to 1986, with one unusual highlight being his feat of beating Bjorn Borg twice in one week at the Beckenham tournament in the mid-70s.  “Not many people can say that,” he says. “I beat him in the final of the under-21 event and the quarter-final of the men’s event.

The tennis club has a month’s free membership offer available for anyone who wants to give tennis a go and wants to get an insight into the club before joining.  Qualified coaches provide coaching throughout the week for all ages and abilities.  Membership of the club allows you access to play on 1 of the 8 floodlit courts (4 Astra turfed and 4 Tarmacadan), together with access to a fantastic clubhouse with a well stocked bar, wi-fi and superb changing facilities for all; details of all the other benefits of joining the club can be found on the website www,avenuetennis.com.  The club has organised social and competitive tennis throughout the weekon Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, together with a variety of subsidised coaching sessions for juniors and adults and Vinny Minis on a Friday evening -free to junior members, ladies and men’s teams that compete in the North Somerset Tennis Leagues.  As well as tennis the club runs a number of other social events B-B-Q’s, Wednesday evening suppers and a variety of other lunches and events.  Avenue Tennis Club – more than just a tennis club.

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