Busy time for Haverfordwest Tennis Club

Juniors start taking up tennis

The first weekend of April proved to be a busy one for Haverfordwest Tennis Club, with the
annual open day and a visit from around 100 school children.

The open day was held on Sunday, 3 April, and once again attracted a crowd to The Parade, with around 20 adults and 20 children enjoying free tennis sessions in the sunshine with club coaches Tom Hole and Nathan Jones, whilst cakes and refreshments were also on offer in the clubhouse, along with a warm welcome from the members.

Club chairman Dean’s delighted

Club chairman Dean Richards said: “It was a very successful day.

“It was great to see some people tasting tennis for the first time, while others were returning to the sport after 15 years.

“If you are thinking of having a go, I would say come along. Tennis is a sport for all ages, something you can pick up at any time and you can play well into your seventies and eighties.

“It is also a very sociable sport and we are very welcoming to all abilities here in Haverfordwest.”

The courts were also hive of activity on Tuesday, 5 April as Sport Pembrokeshire brought several schools down for a taster of tennis and lawn bowls, and they all had a great time as they took part in various tennis activities, while some pupils found a hidden talent on the green.

Matches galore in Winter Leagues

April also marks the end of the South Wales Winter Doubles Leagues, with the club once again celebrating success.

The women’s first team won the veterans league, and were runners-up to Cardiff in Cymru Kitchens division one.

The women’s second team finished third in division six, while their veterans are currently third in division five.

The men’s team finished fourth in division five, and their veterans fourth in division four.

International recognition for the club

There are further hopes of success in the Senior Home Nations, which see teams from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland go head to head in either Wrexham or Bolton from 30 April.

Laura Davies, Jane Allen and Val Alder have all been selected for Wales in their age groups, a great representation for such a small club as Haverfordwest.

Val goes into the tournament having recently been crowned British Over 65s champion with her partner Ann Brown.

Haverfordwest is also looking forward to the start of the summer leagues and of course the
annual Pembrokeshire Open Tournament, which will take place from Monday, 4 July this year, with the ever popular finals day on Saturday, 16 July.

Veterans enjoy an early knock for the start to the outdoor season