Dan’s Sporting World with Dan Dooner

Serving up a sport Ballaghaderreen will love

As the technicians of the PTA roll out of Melbourne, tanned and ready for the long year of tennis ahead, the members of Ballaghaderreen Tennis Club dream of sunny days on the court.

  Established in 1999 and growing in stature and popularity, the tennis club has become a focal point for sporting and fitness enthusiasts from junior level right up to the older generations who can serve and volley with the best of them.

  Michael Spencer, who is a mix between PRO and web designer, says the club not only offers a chance for all ages and levels to take up the sport, but is also extremely great value for money.

  “This is really an up and coming club. We’ve basically tripled in membership in the last two years and we have put together the social media and website to increase the profile. It’s proving really popular among all ages, from the kids right up to adults in their 60s! The low cost of membership helps, it’s only €70 for adults and €30 for kids for the entire year!”

  That’s not something other clubs can boast; weather permitting you can play tennis 365 days of the year in Ballaghaderreen for the same cost as a decent pair of football boots. So how are the future Djokovics, Nadals and Federers getting on?

  “This is a really fun way to exercise. There are people who are put off; they think they won’t be able for it and that they’ll embarress themselves. There’s nothing to worry about, we have groups to suit everyone and men’s nights on Tuesdays with women playing on Wednesdays. For the juniors there are plenty of events and coaching in the Pheonix Youth Centre too,” says Michael.

   With the multitude of sports on offer in the area, how does Michael see the club progressing?

  “People look at soccer  and the GAA and think that it’s a sport you grow up playing but with us we have coaching at the start of our tennis nights. It’s a great way to get started and meet people.”

  So if you fancy an enjoyable new hobby and a chance to socialise all while getting fit like Rafa Nadal, get onto Michael at ballaghaderreentennisclub.com. The upwardly mobile club is making a racket on and off the court.