We wanted to celebrate the Club’s 20th Anniversary by offering the members something different and at the same time involving the wider tennis community. Absolutely nothing could have been better than what Danny Sapsford and Chris Eaton at Bright Ideas for Tennis brought to us in Bristol. The coaching clinics had sold out within a few days (82 players taking part) and over 150 Barbeque tickets were pre-sold in the first week so we were very excited about the upcoming event and even invited some local tennis VIP’s to join us!
There was a huge dilemma when the weather forecasters predicted thunderstorms and heavy rain. However all agreed the show would go on and what a show it turned out to be! Nothing could dampen the spirits of the minis as Danny and Chris had them running and playing and enjoying every second of their clinic. Danny’s skills, energy and enthusiasm were lighting up their faces and we’re even convinced he lit up the skies as the sun began to shine when the Adults took to the courts. We were basking in glorious sunshine by the time the exhibition tennis was underway and the players provided a most skillful and entertaining doubles match with the spectators appreciating every well played point as well as enjoying the fun and hilarious banter being exchanged.
The added bonus, apart from making lots of money on the day, is the number of new people playing tennis at the club. Ten new players came in the first week and that immediately doubled by week two after the event – we can’t wait to see what happens next! The publicity from the event has brought lots of enquiries and we can’t thank Bright Ideas for Tennis enough for providing us with an opportunity to offer more tennis to more people more often.
Based at Mangotsfield Secondary School, Bristol. Providing tennis in the community covering Mangotsfield, Emersons Green, Wick, Pucklechurch, Staple Hill, Downend, Fishponds, Oldland Common and KingswoodVisit Club Website
Feedback was instant and extremely positive. Everyone told us what a fantastic day they had, how much they learned from the clinics, what a great atmosphere Danny and Chris created (not to mention that they seemed to learn everyone’s name in an instant) and how involved everyone felt. It was such a great day that people have been talking about it weeks after the event, sharing photos and videos, and asking ‘when can we do it again’! Jackie Matthews Club Chairman