• Manchester Evening News 2011

Middleton Tennis Club have been providing affordable tennis coaching for the local youngsters in partnership Link4Life’s Neighbourhood and Communities team. This year the tennis club delivered a programme of skills and competitions, funded through the Middleton Township.

The events took place over two weeks during the school holidays for 4-14 year olds. Funding enabled the club to keep the cost of the week-long camps to just £10, with sessions were delivered by club coaches and young leaders working alongside the Rochdale Borough Tennis Community Coach Sylvia Decker.

To ensure quality of delivery, the tennis coaching session was split into two specific age groups – 4-9 years and 10-14 years.

The sessions were aimed at developing technical skills and confidence and the aim was to have all young people competing in a fun competition on the final day of the five-day programme.

Three young people from the tennis club acted as young leaders on the programme and provided positive examples of role models to the other young people on the programme.

A total of 86 youngsters took part and the event proved a big hit.

Two of the club’s Young Leaders – Paul Neary and Rebecca Aspinall – are looking to complete a LTA Level 1 Coaching course which will be part funded by the club and Link4Life’s Get Coaching Programme.

Tony Pitts, secretary of Middleton Tennis Club, said: “Sylvia Decker has done a fantastic job for the club with the summer camps over the last two years, attracting so many children to tennis in the area. It’s the best thing to happen to the club in years.”


This is its 91st year of competitive tennis, the club having been formed in 1919.

This year the men’s first team won the Manchester League Premier division for the first time in their history, having previously finished runners-up in the past.

The men’s second team finished joint second in the Third Division while the club itself was nominated for Club of the Year in the recent Rochdale Borough Sports Award and Tony Pitts was nominated for the Unsung Hero award.

Throughout the winter there will be indoor sessions at the Middleton Arena on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. For further details please contact the Rochdale Community Tennis coach Sylvia Decker on 07800 672367.

In addition to the coaching for children, Middleton Tennis Club is hoping Sylvia can provide coaching/social tennis for both male and female adults of all levels of ability, who wish to keep healthy and active. Link4Life have also secured funding to subsidise sessions for 17-25 year olds. Contact Sylvia for details.

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