If you live in Stockton this is your chance to take advantage of the country's biggest and best annual sporting offer - to play tennis for free.

Play Tennis 2002 is run by the Lawn Tennis Association and the campaign offers everyone, especially beginners, the opportunity to pick up a racquet and play.

As part of the campaign Norton Tennis Club on Station Road, is inviting everyone to a free Open Day on Sunday. There's free coaching, demonstrations, food, stalls, strawberries and cream and a bouncy castle, and the chance to see yourself playing tennis on TV.

It's open to players of all ages and abilities and youngsters are particularly welcome to come and play the greatest game in the world.

Hundreds of venues around the country are expected to take part and the LTA anticipate that more than 85,000 people will have a go, making it the UK's biggest participation event.

Paul Cater, coach from Norton Tennis Club said: "The campaign has been designed to encourage people of all ages to go to their local tennis club and pick up a racquet. We want to show people how welcoming and friendly Norton Tennis club is.

"We particularly hope that the campaign attracts kids and adults to try their hand at tennis and become long-term members of the club."

Anyone interested in playing can contact Wendy Hide on (01642) 316543 or alternatively they can visit www.norton.otaltennis.net