|Monday morning at Minehead Tennis Club, West Somerset|
This thought crossed my mind as I popped down to Minehead Tennis Club to join in with a new club playing session (Mondays from 10am) set up some months back by a lovely lady called Linda who is one of the newer members but is already doing great things to help run this club.
Originally, set up as Linda's Lovelies, Linda is now keen to extend the session to include men as well as ladies so I thought strolling down to take some photos to help publicise the event would be a good idea as well as getting a chance for a bit of tennis playing on a lovely sunny day.
|Organiser Linda in Minehead Tennis Club kitchen|
Of course, we have members who are keen to play the very best tennis they can and Minehead Tennis Club participates in all the local leagues giving keen tennis players of all standards an opportunity to play against the very best from other local tennis clubs in Dulverton, Taunton, Bridgwater, Wiveliscombe and even further afield.
Indeed, as I knocked the tennis balls about in the sunshine with the other members in Linda's session, there were some much stronger doubles tennis games being played on an adjacent court with the tennis balls spinning in all directions and being hit with lots of force and a large amount of skill.
|Lots of time to chat in between points at Minehead Tennis Club|
So, if you are thinking of joining a tennis club locally and that's what you fancy then I reckon Linda's club session is a great club playing tennis session to visit to check out Minehead Tennis Club.
Admittedly, Rusty Rackets at Minehead Tennis Club on a Saturday afternoon is probably the absolutely best place for prospective new tennis playing members to get their first exposure to the club but prospective new members are actually also welcome to turn up to any open club sessions and mix in on any day of the week.
As a prospective new member, turning up to a regular club session, there is nothing to pay. The idea is that, after two or three visits of club play, prospective new members will know if they want to join.
Of course, playing on a Saturday afternoon in Rusty Rackets requires no club membership at all. Players are just asked for a small sum towards the cost of the tennis balls each time they visit.
So, if you fancy joining in with a great community of people who think knocking a tennis ball is quite a lot of fun but being part of a great community of friends is at least as important, and if you are not available to join in with the Rusty Rackets session on Saturday afternoon, why not pop along and say hello to Linda and her friends on a Monday morning from 10 am?
You'll need a tennis racket and appropriate footwear but, as a prospective member, it won't cost you anything and there will probably be copious amounts of tea, biscuits and friendly chat to fortify you in between playing tennis games. I had a great time! Perhaps I'll see you there :-)