Eastbourne gearing up for AEGON International Tennis tournament

EASTBOURNE is gearing up for next month’s AEGON International Tennis tournament.

Flags featuring some of the players have appeared in the town centre this week and schools, shops and businesses have been invited to take part in competitions.

Schools have been entering a poster competition to help promote tennis week from June 11 to 18. The winning school will win a visit from one of the players and Barnaby Bee.

It is also hoped there will be a limited amount of tickets on offer for some pupils in the school to attend the event.

Children of all ages have taken part and the judges have chosen a striking poster which will create a buzz about the tennis tournament.

The poster competition has been judged by the Eastbourne Herald and the winning school will soon be notified. The top three entries will be published nearer the tournament.

There is also a chance for shops and businesses to get involved by joining the best dressed window competition. The winning business will receive a two-night stay for two at any Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn or InterContinental hotel in the UK in 2011 – courtesy of the LTA – and four tickets for the tennis on Saturday, June 18.

The best dressed window will be judged by the Herald in the two weeks preceding the tennis tournament and featured in the paper.

The competition is part of a wider push to help Eastbourne residents get the tennis buzz and for businesses in town to benefit from the influx of visitors during tennis week.

There will also be a ‘passport’ for the 40,000 ticket holders which will encourage them to come in to town to eat, drink and shop.

To register interest contact Daniel Neilson on danieljneilson@gmail.com by tomorrow (May 28).

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who is spearheading the competition, said, “Please do get involved if you possibly can.”