POCKLINGTON Tennis Club is looking forward to welcoming players back for its centenary year as Covid restrictions ease.

Like thousands of other leisure service providers across the country, the club has been hit by the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic.

And chairman Chris French has stressed his gratitude to sponsors and supporters of the club.

Developers Linden Homes and Bovis Homes are among those who continue to provide backing to Pocklington, which was established in 1921 and has grown to around a 100-strong adult membership and a large junior section.

Club chairman Chris French said: "We're hugely excited to be opening our doors again to the community and our members following a year of tough restrictions.

“We know that tennis is a huge part of people's lives and to have this taken away hasn't been easy. While it's been quiet on the courts, that hasn't stopped our members ensuring the club is in top condition ready to be reopened for the season in what will be our centenary year.

“The club is proud to have survived the lockdown period and is truly grateful for the continued support received from sponsors, such as Linden Homes and Bovis Homes, who ensure vital community resources such as Pocklington Tennis Club continue to thrive today and in the future.

“We're really looking forward to playing some tennis and welcoming new faces, as well as old, back to the club."

The club - which has kept up its work in the community during lockdown by delivering meals to those who are isolated and donating tennis balls to welfare charities - is located near to Linden Homes’ Wilberforce Park development.

Regional sales manager for Vistry Homes, Linden and Bovis Homes’ parent company, Melanie Parker said: “We have been supporting Pocklington Tennis Club for a number of years and realise, along with our many local residents and customers, and know what a vital service it provides in terms of physical and wellbeing benefits.

“Despite an incredibly tough year, we are thrilled that the club has now been able to re-open and wish everyone involved the very best for what we anticipate will be a busy season.”