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Tennis club among the trophies

PUBLISHED: 15:40 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 07 July 2010

Fakenham Tennis Club members with their league trophies.

Fakenham Tennis Club members with their league trophies.

Fakenham Tennis Club won every league they entered this year and added three more silver cups to their trophy cabinet.

Led by Robert North they won the Castle Acre Mixed League for the third year running.

Fakenham Tennis Club members with their trophies.

Fakenham Tennis Club won every league they entered this year and added three more silver cups to their trophy cabinet.

Led by Robert North they won the Castle Acre Mixed League for the third year running. The men, captained by Taras Pavlyuk, entered the City League based in Norwich last year and won Division VI, following up that success this summer by finishing top in their first year in Division V.

The ladies, led by Becky Palmer, entered their section of the City League for the first time this year and won Division IV without losing a single match, writes Peter Bird.

The club, part of the Fakenham Sports Centre, boast floodlit hard courts, and their success came on the back of a small total membership of around 30. "It gave us a lot of satisfaction to win all the leagues we entered," said club secretary Mary Palmer.

But doing well with limited resources is not a new experience for the club. Last year they organised a marathon tennis match which raised a remarkable £4,000 which was split equally between the Norfolk branch of the Alzheimer Society and Cancer Research UK.

The club caters for both competitive and social players and operates all year round. Hardier members have sometimes been seen chipping away at sheets of ice and sweeping away snow before taking to the courts in the middle of winter both for out of season friendly matches and Sunday club days.

But Mary Palmer also acknowledges that some of their members are "not in the first flush of their youth" and would welcome more young members.

The club, which is hoping to introduce coaching sessions in the new year, meets every Sunday at 9am am and on Wednesdays at 6pm at their headquarters next to the Fakenham Sports Centre on the racecourse.

Further information can be obtained by telephoning 01328 862889.

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