FAMILIES turned up at Colden Common Recreation Ground in glorious sunshine to enjoy a family day out.

Gary Waughman, head coach, was providing free coaching sessions throughout the day to children and adults of all ages and ability giving all a taste of tennis.

Amanda James, chairman, said: “It was great to see children who arrived somewhat shy and apprehensive having never held a tennis racquet before go onto the court and 45 minutes later come off with huge beaming smiles on their faces saying they loved it!”

After the coaching sessions there was a “Fastest Serve” competition which was won by Peter Brown who consistently served with speeds in excess of 90 mph. A leisurely mix-in followed for the rest of the afternoon finishing with a Wimbledon ticket draw for eligible club members.

Children enjoyed the bouncy castle. There was a great relaxed atmosphere with people sitting on the grass enjoying refreshments and burgers and hot dogs cooked on the BBQ.

Colden Common Tennis Club is now well established in its second year of existence with pristine new courts.

Membership is steadily growing and cost is believed to be the cheapest in Hampshire.

Basic Membership is £35 per household per annum giving court access to all household individuals all year round. For a family of four that works out at £8.75 per person per annum with free unlimited access to the courts. Members can enjoy a full coaching programme, Cardio tennis (Boot camp tennis), mix-ins playing with other members as well as joining in competitions and social events.