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Pocklington Pocklington TENNIS CLUB Pocklington Tennis Club has been making tremendous progress in recent times both on and off the court. Sport Yorkshire Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman Chris French to find out more about the good work the club has been doing lately. Involvement He told us, “I joined Pocklington Tennis Club in 1987. I had met my now wife Val who was absolutely tennis mad. My only option was ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’. I had played tennis in the village where I grew up near Beverley but our group of young ones were never accepted by the seniors despite us being able to more than compete with their standard. It took me a while to get back into playing tennis at Pocklington having had a gap of some fifteen years. I was the last player to use a wooden racquet at Pocklington Tennis Club. My wife Val was one of the more accomplished players on the local tennis circuit but we have never been able to set foot on the same court together. Domestic harmony in our house does not reach that far. From first walking into Pocklington Tennis Club I knew we would be able to form a great club that is inclusive and would welcome anyone in to play tennis.” The Role “I became Chairman of Pocklington Tennis Club in 1999 and realised that we had to move the Club forward into the next century. Unfortunately, grass courts which we had two of at Pocklington were not in good shape and were very expensive to maintain. The Club, through our previous Chair and one of our committee members worked behind the scenes to obtain funding to convert the grass courts and hard courts into all-weather tarmacadam painted courts. I had a brief interlude in my Chairmanship for ten years before returning to the role in 2014. On my return we formed a new committee at the club with every person having a specific role. With a team we managed to obtain funding from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the L.T.A., Yorkshire Tennis and Pocklington Town Council to move the Club up to date with a new clubhouse, floodlights, security fencing with a gate entry system and disabled facilities.” Atmosphere “The mood of the Club is excellent, the Club continues to move forward with its development. The membership have been bamboozled with new floodlights to play under, but now they have to use their smart phones to gain entry to the Club, book a court and have the floodlights switched on. No time to relax at Pocklington!” 19