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Hylands hoping to grow further

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 June 2014

Hylands tennis

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Tennis club to stage Open Day

Hylands Tennis Club are enjoying a new lease of life after relocating to a new home and are opening their doors to new players.

The club, who previously played at a park where trees were the only shelter from rain and facilities were sparse, are thrilled to have moved to Albany School, where they benefit from six floodlit courts, two multi-use games areas and an indoor sports hall.

They are hosting a completely free open day on Sunday June 29 (11am-3pm) in an effort to welcome as many new people to the sport and their club as possible.

Men’s team coach Luke Anthony Ellis said: “I have played at numerous clubs across the country, but haven’t felt the same way at any of them.

“I used to think it was because Hylands didn’t have the facilities that other clubs did, such as a clubhouse, floodlights and so on, but since we moved to our new venue that buzz, that sense of belonging, is still there, but with a whole heap of better facilities at our disposal too.”

Despite their dramatic rejuvenation, Hylands are not forgetting their roots. They have been back to their old home at Hylands Park to take photos sporting new kit in order to symbolise their progression, but also show they are not abandoning their history.

They are also determined to protect the modesty and equality policy which define them. They allow the members to conduct the ethos of the club by asking them for regular feedback and insist anyone with an inflated ego will not prosper at Hylands.

“Someone could win every match in training, but if they are not humble about it amongst their peers they will not be given the opportunity to do so against other clubs,” added Ellis. “Hylands has no boundaries, and as players, neither should we.”

The renaissance has not been sparked without generosity. Players fund coaching, travel and equipment themselves, but they have managed to get the courts provided free of charge and even received an anonymous donation enabling them to purchase customised tops and windbreaker jackets.

“Such an unexpected gift only spurred us on even further,” said Ellis. “It was great to become aware that our good work on and off the court was being noticed.”

The evolution from casually playing in the park to competing in the ECLTA League has been a meteoric rise and one which Hylands look destined to continue as they look to expand at their open day.

Those interested should register at clubhouse.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/HylandsCommunityAmateurSportsClub.

“Regardless of how we eventually do, this maiden season for Hylands is certainly feeling like something unique and special to be a part of right from the very offset,” said Ellis.

Luckily for any tennis hopefuls out there, there is still a chance to become a part of it.

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