If you’re missing Wimbledon already then never fear, because the University’s Tennis club is in the words of their president Niels ‘one of the oldest and most active clubs on campus’.
The men’s team’s campaign last year was a mixed bag, with the team finishing in 3rd place against difficult opponents in the Northern 2B league, and being knocked out in round 1 of the Northern conference cup, while the women’s 1st team had the same fortune, finishing in 3rd place in their league and exiting the cup in the first round.
Away from the court, the club like to remain popular on the social side of things, with Niels telling Vision ‘We have weekly social events, which are widely regarded as the best on campus.
The clubs gives students the opportunity to compete in the BUCS leagues but also get to involved if they are looking for something a bit 2lighter. ‘We currently have four teams (three Men’s and one Women’s) that compete in the BUCS league.
Members of the club who do not make a team are also given the opportunity to compete both within the club in an internal league, as well as outside the club in a local league’.
‘The team players have on court training sessions and physical conditioning sessions every week. We also have training sessions and hitting sessions for intermediates and beginners.
Niels was keen to mention the clubs record at Roses, which they only have good memories of: “We have won Roses every year that anyone at the club remembers (and most likely all the years before that).
“We also won the Varsity tournament (against Hull) every year that anyone remembers before it was cancelled”.
Becoming part of a sports club at university can led to great success on the court but can also be very important in terms of meeting new people and becoming part of a group, Niels believes the tennis clubs has the best of both worlds.
“People should join the club if they are interested in tennis (no matter the level) and are looking for a fun social experience.
“We are a very friendly and inclusive club, and nearly all members that join in their first year stay on for their remaining time at uni”.