A Middlesbrough tennis club that has helped develop international players is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Tennis World located on Marton Road in Middlesbrough was set up in 1986.
The club has four indoor courts and six outdoor courts and has more teams in the national league than any other tennis club.
Tennis World has created more than 250 county players as well as 14 junior internationals representing the UK.
Nigel Garton, is the operational manager and director and also a tennis coach at the club.
As well as Nigel the club is run by the members including two part time receptionists.
He said: “We see Tennis World as a happy place for all our members and non members and it delivers a great service for the town.”
“We try and facilitate for everybody, young and old.
“I truly enjoy my job and can hand on heart say I haven’t had a day I didn’t wanted to go to work.”
Tennis World was opened in 1986 by Fos and Betty Garton is home to over 400 members of all age groups and is the only tennis club in Middlesbrough.
The club is independent but part of the new sports village built two years ago.
It’s a very active club and they keep their members occupied by organizing tennis camps as well as attending training camps abroad.
With the help of Middlesbrough Council the facilities will go through a refurbishment starting this spring.
Some of the land belonging to Tennis World is being sold on to the council for further housing development which will generate capital for the refurbishment.
The refurbishment will include new floodlights for the outdoor courts as well as big improvements indoor.
The changing rooms will be updated and so will the lounge area which has stayed unchanged since the opening 30 years ago.
They will also get a brand new wheelchair access for the indoor courts.
New padel tennis courts will also be built outside within the next eight months.
Nigel said: “Padel tennis combines the elements of tennis, squash and badminton and is only played in doubles.”
“It is the fastest growing sport in south America and it’s getting more popular here in the Uk.
“We are aiming to start working more with local schools to introduce padel tennis to the younger generation.
“It’s easier to play as the rackets and courts are smaller.
“It is a great sport for the younger age groups and we hope it will attract more people to tennis world.”