Life serves up new chapter for tennis coach of 35 years

Bruce Garner coaching at St Annes Tennis and Squash Club
Bruce Garner coaching at St Annes Tennis and Squash Club

A long-standing and dedicated tennis coach has said goodbye to St Annes Tennis and Squash Club after 35 years of service.

But despite spending more than three decades at the club, Bruce Garner has no intention of hanging up his racquet and is already looking forward to the future.

Bruce said: “I was going to retire about two years ago but after the success I’ve continued to enjoy and for my love of coaching not lessening, I decided to keep on going.

“I am looking forward to starting on the hard courts at Fairhaven and will continue to coach and keep the shop open.

“I hope to have somewhere very soon on the high street for the shop and it will continue to offer re-stringing services and sell all racquet-based equipment.”

Although he is sad about the departure, Bruce is still proud of what he has achieved during his time at St Annes.

“It’s a shame to leave the club but its now time for a new venture. I have coached so many people since joining in 1979, it would come to about 40,000 people who I have had the pleasure of sharing a court with.

“Tennis is a game that should be open to everybody and I have met and taught people from all walks of life, that is what I’m most proud of during my time at St Annes.”

Club Chairman of St Annes Tennis and Squash Club, Alvin Perkins said: “Bruce has provided 35 years service to the club for which we are grateful and we wish him all the very best for the future in all his endeavours.”