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Hollies going from strength to strength

Since the 1970s it has been used to help develop the next generation of tennis aces in Whitchurch.

Hollies going from strength to strength

And Hollies Tennis Club bosses are hoping it will now help even more players to achieve their potential after undergoing an upgrade.

The Tarporley Road-based club has been re-surfaced and fitted with new floodlights at a cost of more than £10,000.

And club secretary Sandra Logan said: "It used to be a shale court which is quite a loose surface to play on but it has been upgraded.

"The better the playing surface the better standard of tennis you can play, and the better the ball behaves so it is important in terms of developing your game.

"Hopefully, the new facilities will help more players to expand and improve and play to a higher standard.

"We have about 100 members, both juniors and seniors, and it will be used for social tennis and coaching."

The improvement project started in the spring and the work has taken more than six months to complete.

Club president Roly Wyatt had the honour of switching on the lights at the official opening of the new court, which is the club's third.

He spoke of his pride as he surveyed the updated facilities at the club.

Roly and his wife Kath had moved with the club from Chester Road in the early 1970s and he remembered the new court when it was a vegetable patch.

The club now has three all-weather floodlit courts and a flourishing membership ranging from four-year-olds upwards.

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