Lismore Tennis Club back with new manager and new coach
TENNIS is bouncing back in Lismore - and Paul Denning and Dean Kyle are leading the recovery.
The pair officially started work as centre manager and coaches at Lismore Tennis Club last week.
After being mothballed for several months, the Ballina St club is now open for business again and new players have been hitting the courts.
Denning said he was hopeful the centre, which was a busy hub for tennis in the region not so long ago, could become a hive of activity again soon.
"I think this place has got huge potential," he said.
"We are both tennis nuts and we feel we need to contribute to tennis in this area.
"We want to be the hub of the area and help encourage other clubs and players too."
A Come Try Day on Saturday was the next step in the pair's bid to revitalise the club. Further plans, including junior and adult competitions and programs, are also in the pipeline.
Upgrades and maintenance work are also planned for the club, including resurfaced courts and fencing.
Denning has been coaching about 20 years after taking up the sport as a child.
"I liked how it was a one-on-one sport," he said.
"It is a bit daunting, but we have both been around for a while and we know how to run a club."
Kyle, 33, has also been coaching for several years - a real labour of love.
"I love being on the tennis court and helping players improve," he said. "If we can get people here once, we can get them back again. We know we have the skills together to entice people here.
"We are confident the coaching side will build up fast. The challenge is to build social groups and adult competitions.
"We're pretty excited about it."