Meet Rachael

ST: Tell us a little about yourself

Rachael: I have been a keen sports person since a young age and this has carried on in to my adult life.  I am married to Lee and we got married in 2014 after 15 years together (no rush!!) I have been a member at Spital since 1988 and have been coaching at the club since 2002.

ST: What made you take up tennis?

Rachael: My Dad and brother both played and I use to go along and watch.  I think I must have got bored watching one day and asked to join in and have not looked back.  It's a great sport for all abilities.

ST: Do you play any other sports?

Rachael: Yes I am keen sports person, I enjoy running and taking part in triathlons.  In 2012 I completed 12 marathons in 12 months for charity.  I love the social side of sport and have made many great friends through it.

ST: Why do you enjoy being a member at Spital

Rachael: Spital is a great club, it is very welcoming. I have lots of great memories playing in tournaments and club matches as a junior and senior player.  

 

ST: If someone in Tamworth was thinking of taking up tennis for the first time, or wanted to come back to it after some time off and is looking for a tennis club to join, what would you say to them?

Rachael: I would recommend Spital to anyone who was interested in starting up tennis.  The club is open to all abilities and everyone makes you feel welcome and puts you at ease.  Come along to a club night or club afternoon to meet some of the members.  I have been a member for 28 years and I think that speaks for itself.

ST: Do you have a memorable tennis-related event or occasion of something that happened at Spital?

Rachael: I've got so many happy memories that it's difficult to pinpoint one

Meet Bianca

ST: Tell us a little about yourself

Bianca: Hi! my name is Bianca and I am originally from Montréal, Canada. I first came to the UK in 2012 for a Study Abroad program after many years of being obsessed with Harry Potter and England in general. I met Dan and decided to come back to do my masters degree in the UK. We moved to Tamworth when we both got jobs in the area after graduating and joined Spital Tennis Club last Spring.

ST: What made you take up tennis?

Bianca: My mum always liked tennis, but I only got interested after seeing the 2004 film Wimbledon. After which my mum signed me up for some tennis lesson and bought tickets to the tennis tournament in Montréal, the Rogers Cup part of the US Open series - where I saw a young promising Spaniard named Rafael Nadal play. I now play tennis at Spital and back home in Canada, was part of the tennis club at my uni and have been a volunteer at the Rogers Cup tournament since 2005 and co-head of a committee since 2013.

 Bianca is the one on the right

Bianca is the one on the right

ST: Do you play any other sports?

Bianca:  I only play tennis - or running on mornings which I decide to sleep that little bit extra!

ST: Why do you enjoy being a member at Spital?

Bianca: Everyone at Spital was very welcoming and friendly which made it so much easier. There really is a sense of community. The courts are also great and we get to play tennis so close to home and take part in friendly tournaments.

ST: If someone in Tamworth was thinking of taking up tennis for the first time, or wanted to come back to it after some time off and is looking for a tennis club to join, what would you say to them?

Bianca: Join Spital! Chances are you’ll like it and people will both welcome you and help improve your game through tips and practice.

Meet Dan

ST: Tell us a little about yourself

Dan: Hi! I’m Dan and I am originally from Cornwall and Southampton. We moved to the Tamworth area after graduating from Keele.

ST: What made you take up tennis?

Dan: Bianca was already playing tennis when I met her and I picked it up from there.

ST: Do you play any other sports?

Dan: No, just tennis.

ST: Why do you enjoy being a member at Spital?

Dan: Easy access to courts and the people are friendly.

ST: If someone in Tamworth was thinking of taking up tennis for the first time, or wanted to come back to it after some time off and is looking for a tennis club to join, what would you say to them

DAN: Join Spital, they have various level players and various days to play!