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Published 27th Jun 2011

Rackets and Net Festival in Centre Square

Centre Square is being transformed into Middlesbrough’s big living room once again as Wimbledon draws to a thrilling climax.

The best of the action is being shown daily on the Big Screen, pulling in curious crowds to watch the cream of world tennis in the summer sunshine.

And there will be plenty of matches to enjoy between now and the highpoint of the Championships, Sunday’s Men’s Singles Final.

And for those who fancy getting in on the action themselves, Centre Square will also play host to a Rackets and Net Festival on Wednesday, June 29 from noon to 3pm and on Friday, July 1 from 11am to 3pm.

Sports on offer will include mini tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis and volleyball, with school children taking part on Wednesday and grown-ups on the Friday.

Friday’s event is free and is a great chance for office workers and passers-by to have a go at a new sport and perhaps take one up.

And there will be further tennis activity from noon on Sunday in the build-up to the big match – which could still feature a British player for the first time since the 1930s. The fun and games will continue throughout the afternoon.

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Wimbledon is nearing a thrilling climax, and that always sparks renewed interest in people wanting to take up the sport.

“People will have a fantastic opportunity over the next few days to have a go at a sport they might not otherwise have considered, possibly opening the way to a new adventure and a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

The sessions are free and information will be available on each of the sports, including costs and club membership.

Everyone, regardless of age and ability, will be welcome to participate on the day.

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