Templeogue Tennis Club rising to the challenge

TEMPLEOGUE Tennis Club is certainly stepping up to the tremendous challenge posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

While the COVID-19 outbreak forced the club to close and cancel its sold-out Easter Camp as well as its annual staging of the National Junior and Leinster Senior Opens, TTC is doing everything it can to keep their members and the community itself connected and active during these testing times.

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Templeogue Tennis Club is meeting the COVID-19 challenge head-on

Indeed the club has introduced a new webpage on its website title ‘TTC Keeping Connected’ which includes a book club along with gardening and wine corners.

templeoguetennis.ie is also promoting free junior art classes for five to seven year-olds by way of Artzone, a business run by one of its members. Through this, Facebook Live Classes are held on Tuesday's and Friday's at 12pm.

The Blinding Lights TikTok Weekend Challenge has also proven a very popular means of practicing various tennis foot movements, while Head Coach Kathryn Leonard has also been posting videos of up to four levels of challenges that everyone can practice at home.

What’s more the club now has a new mascot, ‘Khan the Tiger’, which was voted for online by junior and senior members.

Other initiatives by club executive is the promotion of various business run by club members as well as a volunteer service for any TTC member who is cocooning and who is in need of assistance during this difficult period.

Delighted at seeing how well TTC has responded to the COVID-19 threat, club member Pamela Pounch told The Echo, “That’s the special thing about Templeogue Tennis Club, everybody knows everybody, and for so many to get involved in this, it’s just great.

“I’m just super proud of the efforts that everyone has put in. TTC is asking everybody to stay safe and wishes them all the best in these very challenging times” she added.

The club, which celebrated its centenary in 2017, caters for a membership of approximately 1200 and is very much an integral part of the Templeogue community.

And they will be hoping to be among the first clubs to be eventually back in action after last week’s comments by Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy, who said "we're absolutely going to take our guidance from government in terms of when the restrictions are going to be lifted.

"Sport is planning for that day. Some sports are non-contact, done outdoors, with a lot of physical distancing, and they will obviously be a priority.”

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