Niland’s Wimbledon heroics boost Parks Tennis event in Limerick

Shane O’Riordan

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Shane O’Riordan

Limerick Lawn Tennis Club saw a galaxy of budding young tennis stars compete in the 32nd Parks’ tennis finals last week.

Limerick Lawn Tennis Club saw a galaxy of budding young tennis stars compete in the 32nd Parks’ tennis finals last week.

One hundred and twenty children of all ages took part in the competition, which is designed to introduce them to the game.

The boys and girls, from eight years of age and upwards, have all been attending the Shreddies Parks Tennis summer camps for the past four weeks “to learn the basic skills and correct etiquette of the game” and also to prepare for the finals, according to Jim Upton, chairman of Limerick Lawn Tennis Club.

There were over 400 hundred spectators at the famed Limerick club, with an appearance from deputy mayor Maria Byrne to present prizes to the winners and runners-up.

Children from Ardnacrusha, Monaleen, Cratloe, Catholic Institute and Caherconlish tennis clubs trained for one hour per day during the four weeks of the programme.

Jim explained: “There is large interest in tennis at this time of year, particularly after Wimbledon finishes so it’s great that children are getting taught how to play the game properly.”

“Because of Conor Niland’s participation in Wimbledon last year, numbers at the finals certainly have increased due to his affiliation with Limerick, coupled with his impressive skill at the game.

“The Shreddies Parks Tennis camp costs €35 for the four weeks. It consists of one hour of training per day and includes a meal on the day of the final,” he added.

John Frawley, Old Cork Road, was pictured above with Lauren Walsh and Robyn Tobin, who had a “great day out.” Said John: “The whole scheme is fantastic. The girls keep saying how kind and helpful the instructors are. I really have to praise the instructors for their helpful attitude. Everyone is enjoying themselves in this fabulous weather.”

“The aim of the day is to promote the game of tennis without a competitive edge and to ensure that all of the children taking part enjoy themselves” Jim Upton added.

Shreddies Parks Tennis is a unique community sporting initiative which is open to children ranging from eight to 17 years old and ideal for parents seeking to occupy their children during the long summer break.