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Charity touchtennis afternoon

Give the growing sport of touchtennis a try

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Published Tuesday, March 8, 00.55

AN AFTERNOON of touchtennis is being held at Carisbrooke Tennis Club to give people a chance to try their hand at the burgeoning new game while also raising money for a good cause.

touchtennis is an alternative to the mainstream game, played on a reduced-size court with foam balls and 21-inch children’s racquets.

The key to touchtennis lies not in manipulating the ball with raw power but rather with deft stroke-play and chess-like manoeuvres, aiming to level the playing field for competitors by fostering long rallies and clever angles during points.

touchtennis was created in London in 2002 and has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Not many people know this, but Carisbrooke actually boasts the No 6-ranked player in the country in the form of Alex Oldfield. Other well-known Leicestershire tennis names, such as Chris Bint (No 11) and former Carisbrooke member Ben Minski (No 8), are also nationally-ranked.

Carisbrooke is hosting a charity touchtennis afternoon on Saturday, April 16, from 3pm onwards.

The fun-filled afternoon will be for children and adults alike, and is being organised to raise money for The Children’s Society.

Club member Chris Poli, who is part of the coaching team at Carisbrooke, is running the London Marathon the following weekend to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Chris, who has been pounding the streets for many months as part of his arduous training regime for the 26.2-mile run, said: “All standards and ages of player are welcome – this is something for everyone! No prior experience or tennis experience is needed.”
Chris Poli  Chris Poli is running the London Marathon on April 24
 Activities during the afternoon will also include:
  • Serve speed-gun
  • Marathon Rally competition
  • Friendly touchtennis tournament (singles or doubles)
  • A touchtennis exhibition match
  • Sweepstake to guess Chris’s London Marathon finishing time
Those attending are encouraged to bring along some sweet or savoury snacks for everyone to share. The club’s licensed bar will also be open.
The entry fee is whatever charitable amount you wish to donate. To sponsor Chris for his marathon effort, visit his JustGiving website.
You can find out more about The Children’s Society here.
For further details about touchtennis watch this useful YouTube clip showing a brief BBC documentary about the game from last summer.
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