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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Youngsters on court at Workington estate

It could be game, set and match for budding tennis stars on Workington’s Moorclose estate.

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ANYONE FOR TENNIS?: Children get ready for a game on the new tennis courts

Stephen Stoddart and members of Moorclose Residents’ Group this week marked the outlines for three tennis courts on land near St Gregory’s School.

They were given £1,000 from Your Derwent & Solway to set up the courts and pay for three nets, 60 balls and 16 rackets.

The land is owned by Allerdale council.

Alex Hunter, aged six, of Moorclose, said: “There’s not much for kids to do around here so it is nice to be able to come somewhere safe with my friends and get some exercise.”

Members will send out 600 flyers over the next few weeks asking for young people and their parents to go along to the tennis sessions every Monday and Thursday between 5pm and 7pm.

They hope to attract tennis coaches and have enough members to set up a tennis club.

Vincent Walker, a member of the residents’ group, said: “This used to be a play area but there has been nothing on it for years.

“A lot of youngsters in this area don’t have any direction. This will give them somewhere to go and something to focus on. It’s a great thing for the community.”

Muriel Nicholson said: “I have lived opposite this site for 30 years and it’s absolutely brilliant that there is now something here for the kids.

“The group put up football posts on the green last year and set up a team, which is thriving. We hope that the tennis courts will be as well used.”

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