A TENNIS club is opening its doors to offer families the chance to try the sport for free.

Shotley and Benfieldside Tennis Club is holding two days of free events as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend.

The club, based in Benfield Close in Shotley Bridge, near Consett, will give visitors the chance to use its six all-weather courts on May 17 to 18, with junior and adult coaching, mini tennis and family sessions.

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Sessions take place from 10.30am to 3pm on the Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on the Sunday.

Club Head Coach Phil Atess said: “We are really excited to be running an open day as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend. It’s great chance to try tennis at Shotley and Benfieldside and find out what a great sport tennis is."

Advanced booking is recommended and further details are available from www.greatbritishtennisweekend.com