Priory among Cheshire’s best

PROGRESSIVE Priory Tennis Club has been served an honour in their centenary year.

They have been named runner-up in the Lawn Tennis Association Cheshire Club of the Year.

Committee member Chris Czermak said: “We’re extremely honoured to have been considered one of the best tennis clubs among the hundreds in Cheshire.

Priory members

“It was a real honour just to have been nominated and, most importantly, it proves we’re on the right track. The club is growing and rapidly becoming a club with some of the best facilities in the Tameside and, in fact, Cheshire.

“The club has come a very long way in the last few years, with some of the recent updates to facilities including the upgrade of the clubhouse in 2016 and the resurfacing of all of our courts and the Kidzone court too.”

They coach more than 100 children each week in the Tennis for Kids and Tennis Express initiatives and the club has recently started working with the Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Network.

And chairman Nick Holmes is hoping Priory on court cap another memorable season by winning a sixth successive promotion in the North East Cheshire League which is sponsored by Slazenger.

Five promotions have lifted them from division seven to two and it is believed the club has never had a team below in division one.

Priory are top with five wins from their first seven matches with three fixtures remaining.

Priory coaching staff

Jack Millin, aged 97 and Priory’s oldest member, was a guest at the presentation of the award.

And Jack had the chance to try out a racquet nearly as old as himself which was recently donated to the club.

Grahame Barrett, from Dukinfield, contacted Priory offering to donate a Hazell Streamline Blue racquet which was popular in the early 1930s.

Graham, who had found the racquet while having a clear out, said: “It is in remarkable condition for its age.

Priory committee
Chairman Nick Holmes with the award

“The original gut strings are still on it, but it needs restringing. It has a wooden frame with a main shaft going from handle to head with two supporting side shafts.

“It has always been stored in a press which is probably as old as the racquet, which is probably why it is in such good condition.

“If you are interested in having this, please let me know or I will offer it to another club. I don’t really want it to be thrown in the skip if it is of any use to anyone.”

Priory are also hoping to create a centenary garden to mark their 100 years with the work done by several green-fingered members.

 

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