A team from Chatteris Tennis Club will be competing against a team of past and present GB Tennis Players in a 24 hour sponsored Tennisathon at the National Tennis Centre, SW London 17th/18th Feb 2018.

The event is organised by “Bright Ideas for Tennis”, a charity set up to assist Clubs to raise funds to provide modern facilities to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Chatteris is one of just eight teams invited to take part, from over 4000 tennis clubs in the UK.

Their principal opponents at the event will be: Danny Sapsford, GB Davis Cup Player 1990-95 and Jocelyn Rae, GB Federation Cup Player 2011-17, winner of the Mixed Doubles Commonwealth Gold Medal 2010. Every 4 hours they will be partnered by a different past or present GB player including current World No 9; Johanna Konta.

The Chatteris Team of 8 will reflect how the club attracts members of all ages and abilities. The teams includes  Lucy Thompson, Aged 10 and Judith Grounds, who in her mid 70’s, continues to play all year round twice a week, together with Club Team Players and Members  Shona Kent, Simon Grainger, Tony Finch, Angela Whitehead, Andrew Fox and John Freeman.

Many Club members and relatives of the participants are planning to accompany the team to London as supporters.

The Chatteris Team have been challenged to raise £10,000 in Sponsorship from this event, towards the Club’s target of raising £25000 by Easter 2018 for major facilities expansion at their St Peters Drive location. All expenses are met by “Bright Ideas for Tennis” meaning everything the team raises goes to the Club.

Chatteris is currently “The Cambridgeshire Tennis Club of the Year” has in the last 2 years doubled its membership and local league team participation and trebled it’s provisional of coaching for all ages and abilities from 5 upwards. Achieving its target will enable the Club to gain match funding from Cambs LTA to convert its limited seasonal use grass courts to all year around hard courts, doubling its provision to the community.

The Club, which is open to all, not only attracts members from Chatteris, but also from March, Manea, Doddington, Wimblington, Ramsey, Whittlesey, Witchford and Wilburton.

Members of the Community are invited to sponsor this community initiative & thereby assist the Club to make this locality an even better place to live, work, rest & play.

You can sponsor a participant by visiting the BT provided secure Crowd Fund Raising page: MyDonate, click on Sponsor a Fundraiser and then type in your choice of participant from the above.  (For Sponsoring Judith Grounds select Shona Kent).

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