Members of the RAF Tennis squad have been welcomed to Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club for a couple of days of practice – and are planning to return for a week-long training camp.
Ten players from the RAF squad enjoyed some coaching from WLTSC’s Everypoint Rackets Manager Paul Hodgetts and Operations Manager Marc Hughes, took part in some doubles matches with club members, and then enjoyed some down time with a club social evening, complete with karaoke!
The squad are now planning to return for a week-long camp to help prepare for the Inter Services competition later in the summer.
A couple of the players who took part in the visit were Flying Officer Andrea Jackson and Flight Lieutenant Sarah Lucas.
“All of these meet-ups help us to prepare for the Inter Services competition, and we had some great coaching from Paul and Marc, and some very competitive matches with club members,” said Andrea.
“Players from the RAF Tennis squad are spread across the country, so to meet up when we can is important, and especially here where they have grass and indoor acrylic courts which are the surfaces used at the Inter Services.
“I am involved in air traffic control all day, but playing tennis requires very different skills and it also helps with teamwork and mental resilience.”
Sarah added: “There is a thriving community within RAF Tennis and it is good to be able to have that element of sporting competition away from our jobs.
“We are also planning to do work to improve our mentality in a sporting situation, and even people who have served in the military for many years might just freeze on a second serve at break point down.
“The standards at the Inter Services are always high and it is very close, so anything we can do to give ourselves the best chance is definitely worth it.”
WLTSC Operations Manager Marc Hughes added: “We have forged excellent working relationships with both RAF Tennis and RAF Squash, and it is always great to welcome them to the club.
“Not only are we happy to be able to offer them the use of our facilities, but our members enjoy meeting them and playing against them, so their visits are always very well-received.”