CELEBRATING its 100th anniversary, Priory Tennis Club has enjoyed one of its most successful years ever, both on and off the court.
With membership reaching a new high, the club has seen a significant uptake in new members, particularly on the female and junior side and is now home to well over 200 active playing members of all ages and abilities.
In competitive tennis, the club’s teams had yet another great year. By winning North East Cheshire Tennis League, division two, the men’s first team clinched promotion for a record sixth consecutive time and will be heading into division one for the first time in the club’s history.
In addition, the men’s second team also enjoyed an incredible season and were undefeated on their way to the division eight title. The women’s teams also achieved great results, both finishing third in their respective leagues.
Off the court, the club has enjoyed a year of many celebrations including its Centenary Day back in July when the club welcomed Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, and Civic Mayor Cllr Janet Cooper, and more recently the President’s Evening in November.
The club has also commenced work on several commemorative projects including the construction of a beautiful centenary garden and the creation of a centenary book featuring the history of the club and stories and memories of members past and present.
Club official Chris Czermak said: “As for British tennis, there is no doubt that it is on the rise. In an incredible year highlighted, of course, by Emma Raducanu’s recent Grand Slam triumph at the US Open, British tennis has seen unprecedented amount of success on the pro tour, which will no doubt encourage younger generations of players to take up the sport.
“All in all, it has been a fantastic year for the club and everything seems set for Priory to continue to grow even further next year.”