Give the growing sport of touchtennis a try
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.
- 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