FIVE players from Priory Tennis Club, Stalybridge, had the experience of a lifetime when they recently travelled to the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton to take part in a 24-hour tennis marathon.
When ex-Davis Cup tennis professional Danny Sapsford ran a series of coaching sessions at the club last September he was so impressed by what he saw that he invited Priory to be one of only 12 clubs in the country to participate in his annual Bright Ideas for Tennis Charity Marathon.
The club jumped at the chance to get involved and decided to raise funds through sponsorship which would be split equally between Willow Wood Hospice and the club that needs to resurface one of its tennis courts.
On February 17-18, team members Dennis Hilton, Josh Byrom, Jonathan Seville, Judith McKenzie and Richard Slater were provided with the opportunity to play alongside Danny and other professionals like Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Jocelyn Rae.
Dennis said ‘It was a magical experience for us all to be playing alongside tennis professionals who have competed in top tournaments all over the world.
“There was a great atmosphere throughout the whole day and playing doubles matches with Danny and Jocelyn was something all of us will never forget.”
In addition to the tennis marathon, Richard will be raising extra funds by volunteering to do his first ever sky dive at the end of February.
The team has already raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship and is hoping to reach its target figure of £2,000 when it holds a fundraising social evening at the club in March.