Eaton Park Tennis News, October 2016

Eaton Park Tennis News, October 2016

Tennis is booming in Eaton Park and across Norwich. Chris Evans of Norwich Parks Tennis updates us on the latest news. It costs £30 per year for a family/household to join Norwich Parks Tennis. Membership allows you to book a tennis court up to one month in advance and guarantees the court will be waiting for you when you arrive. The scheme is massively popular and the number of registered players has recently exceeded 1500. It’s great to see such a wide variety of people playing tennis whether this is in the coaching sessions we offer, or with friends and family; daytime or at night, when the floodlights are turned on. More and more people are taking up the game and accessing the coaching programme to brush up on their skills. Norwich Parks  Tennis offers a wide range of professionally led coaching options including sessions for children, adult and cardio tennis, as well as our female only Tennis Tuesdays which are part of the This girl can campaign. All sessions are competitively priced and offer different options for different levels from beginners to experienced players. If you think you might like to get involved you can book a free first session to see what it’s like. Often with tennis the challenge is finding someone to play with. Our coaches offer social sessions on Saturday afternoons where you can come and meet new players. You don’t have to be a member to take these up as they are open to the all members of the public. To ensure everyone gets a good game there are two sessions, one for beginners...
Planting bulbs for spring

Planting bulbs for spring

Today year three student volunteers from Bluebell Primary School walked to Eaton Park with Miss Davies and TA Mrs. Atkins.  Grey sky didn’t dampen their bright eager spirits as they happily assisted Eaton Park Ground Force volunteers plant crocus and narcissi bulbs.  Ground Force members turned over patches of soil on the grassy bank that slopes down to the Community Centre Car Park near the North Park Avenue walk-in entrance. Students sprinkled handfuls of bulbs into the open ground. When student volunteers Molly and Lola were asked what was the best part of their activity, they agreed that it was the planting of bulbs.  The more difficult work was turning the soil back to cover the holes and stamping it in place.  Both were eager to bring their families to the park to show them what they had accomplished today.  They suggested that those who are impatient for the arrival of spring will just have to wait. Lola said, “It will turn spring and you’ll see us again when the bulbs bloom.” Ceceile Strand, Friends of Eaton Park, 16 October...
Footgolf

Footgolf

Footgolf is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports and has now come to Eaton Park. The new game is a combination of football and golf. It’s played on a golf course using a size 5 football. Like golf, the object of the game is to get the ball into the hole in the fewest number of shots possible. Unlike golf you use your foot not a putting iron! Eaton Park’s newest sport uses the existing pitch and putt course but different holes. Footgolf times are Tuesday and Friday evenings from 4pm to dusk and Saturdays from 1pm to dusk. Winter opening times to follow soon. Footgolf is sociable and fun as well as a great way to get some exercise and some fresh air. In just over a month the cost of installing the new facility in Eaton Park has been covered by the takings – it’s proving very popular! Come along with your family and friends and find out what it’s all about! Full details here. Go-for-less discounts...
Art in the Park

Art in the Park

Last summer I noticed a shout out on Twitter for parks to host ‘art walks’. A few emails and a year later, artists Jo Dacombe and Carol Miles arrived with their wheelie trollies of materials and loads of great ideas. Rather nicely it was the start of Love Parks Week. Despite a rainy start 26 people joined them in three sessions that combined walking and looking with chatting and making. It was great fun! Jo and Carol loved with Eaton Park and we loved the installations they made for us. Read about the project here. Helen Mitchell, Chair Friends of Eaton...