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By Fg Off Harry Brown


This year promises to be abusy one, with the highest number of tournaments planned and participation increasing year on year.Assuch, we are likely to see some great competition and


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see some great competition and hopefully some new faces to push the current crop of squad players to their limits.


The season started early, back in November 2015 where Halton Tennis Centre welcomed approximately 30 players from across the country for the annual Tennis For All Day. The day focused on fi tness, learning the game and focusing your energy throughout the match. Men’s Captain Jon Bond spoke of his key lessons learned from the previous season and what he wanted to see from the forthcoming season.


We then moved into tournament season and the fi rst eye opening to the players to judge their competition was at the Winter Championships, ran by Participation Director Flt Lt Andy Keeley. Hosted by Halton Tennis Centre over two days in a bitterly cold


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February,the competition attracted over 50 players, competiting in approximately 100 games. Despite the cold and potential rust in the players there were some exceptional performances on display.The event


performances on display. The event gave the squad selectors some tough decisions prior to the fi rst matches which were only weeks away. Fg Off Vix Owen was a new addition to the tennis community and took full advantage by winning the Ladies’ Plate and earned herself a place in the B Squad for the forthcoming friendlies. Elsewhere there were wins for SAC Connor Polybank in the Men’s Final, Flt Lt Jayne Evelegh in the Ladies’ Final and SAC Adam Betts in the Men’s Plate.


What next for RAF Tennis? Places in the squads will be up for grabs throughout the year. There are several opportunities for players to make a good impression, but also RAF Tennis is always looking to provide an enjoyable experience for players of any ability. This year, like many before we are striving to target three


key areas: People, Participation and Performance. These areas wouldn’t work without one another.Wealways aim to be inclusive of all standards and over time, build the standard up through coaching and funding


up through coaching and funding opportunities. Participation levels are up year on year but this won’t stop us always trying to promote our sport and offer more opportunities for players to pick up the sport. Giving people the chance to play and the stage to perform on will only lead to improved performances to enable the RAF Tennis team to compete at the Inter Service level.


The next big event is the RAF Tennis Summer Championships at Halton Tennis Centre from 11-16 July ‘16 and being a registered LTA event gives players the chance to improve their ranking whilst having an enjoyable week of summer tennis.


Interested in joining? Go online to www.raf.mod.uk/raftennis Have agreat season!


www.raf-ff.org.uk


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