Girls representing 5 North East venues enjoyed a Summer Team Challenge Event
at Yarm Tennis Club
Challenge led by local Competition Organisers and Coach Claire Smith
Local Competition Organiser and Coach
Claire Smith welcomed 28 girls from across Durham and Teesside to Yarm Tennis
Club on July 14th. The girls
were eager to play in Team Tennis, which is continuing to grow in the North
It was some of the girls first
experience of Team Tennis and it is brilliant that more new players are
starting to experience these fun, competitive opportunities. This continues to build the momentum that is
seeing hundreds of girls competing across the region.
split the day into two events, which
included Under 14 and 14 & Over. A
timed tennis format was used for singles and doubles.
The atmosphere throughout the day was
full of positivity, team work and togetherness.
The team players came from local
tennis venues including Northallerton, Yarm, Hutton
Rudby, Guisborough, Barnard Castle.
Below are the results from the day,
Under 14 Winners – Rosie
Dunkerton (Yarm) and Lucy Bardgett (Hutton Rudby)
Runners up – Sienna and
Rimini Chapman (Northallerton)
Over 14 Winners –
Anna Fergie and Lucy Graham (Yarm)
Runners up – Laura
Reynolds and Jasmin Milner (Northallerton)
Claire was delighted with the day,
absolutely fantastic event that provided a fun and relaxed environment for club
level players to get involved in competitive matches. Some of the girls had
never taken part in a competition before but were more than capable of playing
some great tennis. The mix of singles and doubles offered a great balance of
feeling part of a team while also getting a chance to challenge their competitive
side, and Yarm Tennis Club was an ideal venue to have 7 courts of matches
running. Events like these are really important to help retain girls in tennis!”
The North East Women and Girls
Programme is supported through the LTA, GB Tennis Girls and the Wimbledon
Junior Tennis Initiative.
The LTA’s vision is ‘Tennis opened up’ and our mission is to grow
tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable. The LTA’s
role is to govern and develop tennis in Britain, from grassroots participation
through to the professional game
which is a non-profit organisation who aims to tackle this gender divide and
increase equality within the game. They intend to do so through encouraging
girls into tennis, retaining their interest and lobbying for equality in sport.
Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative is the trail
blazing community tennis initiative run by The All England Club. Funding from the Initiative supports a number
of female based tennis opportunities across the North East.