Former Tennis Ace Annabel Croft to Open New Tennis Centre

Former tennis ace Annabel Croft will be serving up a treat for students on Friday 10th November, when she officially opens the new tennis centre.

The centre will be used for tennis lessons, matches and tournaments and will benefit the local community with coaching sessions and booking times made available to local schools and clubs.

The school already has several outdoor tennis courts as part of its campus but the new indoor centre, with four full-size courts, means children can play regardless of the weather.

It took around nine months to complete and each tennis court will be named after inspirational members of the Shropshire tennis community, including Barbara Goolden, former LTA President, Cathie Sabin and the Shepherd family, who helped with funding the project.

Headmaster Brendan Wignall said: "Ellesmere has a national reputation for its sporting prowess and this is a great development, which will not only allow us to develop our tennis to an even higher standard but should help more people get involved in tennis across the community.

"It's an enormous building and a fantastic facility and I am delighted that Annabel Croft has agreed to open it for us.

"Many young people dream of playing sports around the world like she did and who knows, this centre could help make a Wimbledon finalist."

Tennis coach at the school Stephen Welti said: "We have 120 students playing tennis every week already, it's one of our biggest sports. The hope is that we can grow participation and excellence in our fabulous new facility not just for the students, but also for the wider community".

2nd November 2017  Back to News