Ready to coach even more kids

Coaching at Rastrick Tennis Club.'For use in Echo Jul 7 edition.''Coach Roger Jackson (left) with Claudia Holmes, Lydia Russan, Kai Geddes, Bethany Chambers, Tamzin Blackburn, Lily Bairstow, Lilly Oldfield {Lilly OK}, and tennis leader William Henson.
Coaching at Rastrick Tennis Club.'For use in Echo Jul 7 edition.''Coach Roger Jackson (left) with Claudia Holmes, Lydia Russan, Kai Geddes, Bethany Chambers, Tamzin Blackburn, Lily Bairstow, Lilly Oldfield {Lilly OK}, and tennis leader William Henson.

MORE than 40 children are attending weekly coaching at Rastrick Tennis Club.

“And there is always room for more,” says club coach Roger Jackson.

Sessions star for children as young as six and there will be a special “summer camp” with sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on August 2.

Children from Rastrick High School and Rastrick Independent School have been taking advantage of Roger’s experience for a few months now and the “Wimbledon effect” is likely to generate even more interest.

“ I am a firm believer that playing tennis, or indeed any sport, is a good lesson for life.

“It teaches team work, discipline and also opens doors to new friendships.

“All my good friends have been made through playing tennis,” said Roger.

As well as coaching at Rastrick, Roger is also a squash coach at Old Crossleyans, Halifax, as well as playing for their team and he is also a member of Queens Tennis Club, at Savile Park, Halifax.

He is also on their team and the 53-year-old has been the Calderdale Open Singles Champion six times as well as the over 40s Calderdale Champion a staggering 12 times.

Never actually having lessons himself, the self taught professional is also joined at Rastrick by his 16-year-old son Thomas and he also plays at Queens, where Roger’s wife, Janet, is a keen squash player.

Coaching at Rastrick for the past nine years, Roger is also the coach for Kirklees Boys under-16s in the Junior Huddersfield Tennis League.

They also use the facilities at Rastrick and are currently sitting pretty at the top of Section C and pushing for promotion.

Roger is looking forward to the summer camp. It will be a combinations of skills and co-ordination in the morning and then a break for lunch with football and the pool table available and there will be a mini tournament in the afternoons, he said.

The children are asked to bring a packed lunch.

For more information on times and cost contact Roger on 01422 352919.