Charity Tournaments for Cancer Research UK
Titan Tennis Academy joined forces with Cromer Tennis Club to host a charity tennis tournament in aid of Cancer Research UK on Sunday 1st July.
Titan took 37 players ranging from 7 years old up to 16 to compete against Norfolk players for an afternoon of scintillating and exhilarating junior tennis spanning across the 10 beautifully manicured grass courts and further 4 all-weather tennis courts at Cromer Tennis Club.
The idea was created by Paul Hope, Director of Titan Tennis Academy and Senior Performance coach, who received the devastating news earlier this year that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time in 6 years. Paul witnessed first-hand the invaluable treatments available to cancer patients, the dedication of the medical staff and the state of the art facilities at hospital. Paul says “without treatment, my wife wouldn’t be here today, I’m forever grateful and to be able to give something back to help with future diagnosis and treatment is something myself and my wife felt strongly about”. Following treatment, Paul and his wife Lissie Hope, were keen to support the fight against Cancer and it made perfect sense to combine their biggest love – Tennis with the fantastic charity Cancer Research UK. With the assistance of Ross Murray, tennis coach from Cromer Tennis Club, Paul and Ross set about building this tournament, which was no mean feat, with over 136 matches to coordinate!
The tournament raised £1,460 for Cancer Research UK collected from entry fees and raffle. Cromer Tennis Club generously gifted use of their courts free of charge and all staff gave up their time to host and run the tournament. Paul details “Every match showed fun, sportsmanship and wonderful tennis in the glorious weather. The support from parents, players, Tennis Edge and the Cromer club was overwhelming, it’s just fantastic when everyone pulls together like this for such a good cause, it’s heart-warming, we are over the moon with the monies raised”.
The day was the perfect ‘serving’ of tennis in readiness for Wimbledon fever.