Gook keen to promote Alverstoke

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Alverstoke Lawn Tennis Club’s new head coach Josh Gook is desperate to put the club back on the map.

The 21-year-old took up the position last month and has big ambitions to take the Gosport-based outfit forward.

Gook played tennis at a semi-professional level last year before turning his hand to full-time coaching.

He said: ‘It’s a completely new challenge for me.

‘There’s so much potential at Alverstoke and that’s what interested me.

‘My main goal is to make tennis a lot more accessible.

‘A lot of people in the community don’t even know where Alverstoke is and it’s my job to put that right in the next year.

‘I want people to realise that it’s there and they can come to play tennis whenever they want at a cheaper price than they might think.’

Gook, who lives in Locks Heath, has played the sport to a high standard.

He has been in the Hampshire men’s team for the past three years and was in the top 20 in the country at under-18 level.

But now he wants to put something back into the community and even turned down other job opportunities to take the role at Alverstoke.

‘I knew about the club before as I’d played a few tournaments there when I was younger,’ he said.

‘There are 10 courts, including indoor, so it’s such a massive opportunity to get people playing tennis.

‘A lot of people have the misconception that tennis is only played in the summer.

‘But there are indoor courts so you can always play and nothing has to be cancelled because of the weather.

‘That was one of the pulls of the job for me.’

Gook added: ‘Ever since I’ve been at the club, I’ve been welcomed and everyone has been really supportive.’

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