Lichfield Friary Tennis Club youngsters with Cllr Colin Greatorex and club chairman Achim Kreuser

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Tennis players in Lichfield are creating their own legacy to build on the success of Andy Murray and Team GB at the Olympics. After Lichfield Friary Tennis Club’s merger with Lichfield Tennis Club and another successful league season, the Tamworth Road site has doubled its junior membership in the last six months and run a successful two week summer tennis camp with over 50 children attending.
Lichfield Friary Tennis Club youngsters with Cllr Colin Greatorex and club chairman Achim Kreuser
Through various initiatives including parent and child memberships, free junior coaching sessions plus during the school summer holidays and two week-long summer camps, the club has passed the 100 junior membership milestone. Achim Kreuser, chairman of Lichfield Friary Tennis Club, said: “As I travel around the country, visiting other tennis clubs, I’m seeing more and more sites disappear which is very sad. “We have been working tirelessly to make sure the club has a future by investing much effort into our junior initiatives which are now bearing fruit. “We also have many ideas for the development of the club and as the only club in the district, we feel a lot of responsibility to the game and by making sure we have a strong junior section we know the future is in safe hands and I’d like to think we are creating our own tennis legacy in Lichfield.” Councillor Colin Greatorex recently visited the club to meet the youngsters who have attended the Lichfield Friary Tennis Club Summer Camp – an initiative supported by Lichfield District Council’s Grant Aid programme. “It’s great to see so many children playing tennis,” said Cllr Greatorex. “I congratulate Lichfield Friary Tennis Club for being so proactive in getting more youngsters into sport.” To join Lichfield Friary Tennis Club contact Gill Mcdonald on 01543 433055 or email gill.mcd1@virgin.net.