Tennis Club raises thousands for Diabetes UK charity.

Posted on 24th May 2017

The University of Chester’s Tennis Club has been enjoying outstanding success, both in terms of its charity work and its competition performances.

Back row - India Campbell-Hall; Kate Emery (Supporter); Hattie Morley; Hayley Scott; Robert Johnson; Marc Fisher; Zachary Broad; James Lence and Arron Woodward. Front Row - John Taylor; Matt Daley and Callum Atkinson.
Back row - India Campbell-Hall; Kate Emery (Supporter); Hattie Morley; Hayley Scott; Robert Johnson; Marc Fisher; Zachary Broad; James Lence and Arron Woodward. Front Row - John Taylor; Matt Daley and Callum Atkinson.

The Club members are the current holders of the Touchtennis Varsity Cup (the biggest stage of University touchtennis). This year has also seen the group increase its fundraising endeavours tenfold, raising over £2,000 for Diabetes UK– the Club’s best ever fundraising efforts. The majority of the funds were raised when the team took part in the Liverpool Half Marathon last month. 

Marc Fisher, Club Captain, said: “From the start of the year, the committee always had the intention of raising money by doing the Liverpool Half Marathon. However none of us expected the eagerness amongst our members to get involved, and certainly none of us expected to raise the amount that we did. What we have got involved in off the tennis court has taken the Club to a new level this year, and we have no intention of stopping there!” 

Zachary Broad, Second Team Captain, said: “As a sufferer of type 1 diabetes, it meant a great deal to me that we raised such a phenomenal amount of money for a charity so close to me by running the Liverpool Half Marathon, over 10 times what we have raised before, which is all going to such a fantastic cause.” 

He added: “As well as raising awareness of diabetes and supporting others, as a member of the University of Chester Tennis Club and taking part in this race, I wanted to show that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you doing anything.” 

The Club spent time training in Chester, Hoole and North Wales, before competing in the Half Marathon which began and ended at the World Heritage site of Pier Head close to some of Liverpool’s most iconic scenery, including the Liver Buildings and River Mersey. 

Prior to the Half Marathon, the Tennis Club also raised over £100 for Comic Relief in March by taking part in Red Nose Day dances. Marc said: “It is important as a Club that we give something back to the community and hopefully this will set a benchmark for the Club for years to come.” 

The next goal for the team is to defend the Touchtennis Varsity Cup for the second year running. The Club won the Cup last summer, and then went on to win the winter Varsity Cup in Tolworth, Kingston upon Thames. The Tennis Club also continued its triumphs at British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), with the men’s first team going unbeaten in the league and resulting in their promotion back to Division One. In the Conference Cups, both the men’s and women’s first teams reached the quarter finals. 

Sarah Latham, Student Activity Manager at Chester Students’ Union (CSU), said: “The University of Chester Tennis Club has done exceptionally well this year with all its achievements, from raising money for charity to becoming National Champions. CSU could not be prouder of the Tennis Club’s achievements this year.”