Published: July 17, 2012
Rain fails to stop play for Burnham-On-Sea school's tennis club visit

Youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea Infants School enjoyed a morning of fun at the town's Avenue Tennis Club despite the weather doing its best to spoil the visit!

Teacher David Quint and several teaching assistants walked the pupils from the school to the club for the special coaching session with Avenue Head Coach Vinny Duddy.

"The session started on our outdoor courts with some tennis games aimed at teaching the 'ready position' and forehand through some ball and catching games," Vinny told

"Unfortunately, the weather got too wet to continue despite much enthusiasm and determination from the youngsters and the adults to stay with it."

"But the weather did not win the day as Mr Quint’s class went into the club house and played indoors instead. Balloon tennis proved a huge success with the pupils split into four teams playing off against each other and finishing with balloon tennis volleyball with the adults joining in too."

Vinny added: "It was great to see such enthusiasm, interest and enjoyment shown by the kids despite the weather and I thank Mr Quint and his team for their efforts in making the morning a huge success by bringing the kids along."

He said the Coaching Team has now visited many schools in the area during a Summer School Tennis Blitz, which had seen nearly 1,500 children visited. Vinny said there remains an open invitation to all the schools in the area to bring classes along to the club for a morning of tennis free of charge.

Meanwhile, forms are also now available for the Avenue Tennis Club's Summer Holiday Club which will run for four of the weeks during the summer holiday. Parents can book from 1 to 19 days of tennis coaching through fun games and drills, from 9am until 4pm daily. Details and forms are available from the club.

The club's Annual LTA Grade 3 Adult and Junior Open Tournaments will also run from the 15th-19th August and 20th-25th August respectively. The entry will be open to players from all around the county and country.

Pictured: The youngsters who joined in the visit and, above, The Avenue's Head Coach Vinny Duddy and Club Coach Craig Phillips


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