The Torbay Weekly online editions are serving up a treat for digital subscribers from across the globe and one beneficiary from Nottingham is loving his local sporting news.
Steve Tooley, 41, has been a professional tennis coach in the land of Robin Hood for almost 20 years, having studied sports science at Cheltenham University.
But the former pupil of Babbacombe primary and Torquay Boys’ Grammar School retains his sporting roots in the Riviera.
As well as his obvious talent for tennis, Steve was an outstanding local footballer in his younger days, controlling the midfield for Torre Trojans and then at Dawlish Town in his late teens.
Steve’s parents, avid golfer Graham and avid gardener Norma, still live in Torquay, while his brother Richard is hopefully accessing Torbay Weekly news from his offices in London and the Middle East.
“I find it incredible that over half of my life has now been spent away from Torbay,” said Steve. “I grew up in Torquay and still have so many friends living back ‘home’.
“I normally visit Torquay twice a year and the lockdown period has obviously been difficult for everyone. It has been a long time since I saw my parents but obviously stay in regular touch over the phone and email.
“Signing up to the Torbay Weekly digital newspaper has brightened up my Thursdays.
“I’m not ashamed to say I immediately shift to the sports pages and it’s great to see people back out on football pitches, tennis courts, golf courses and everything else to do with sport.
“Like many people in Torquay, I have my Premier League team (Champions Liverpool, by the way), but I will always follow the fortunes of Torquay United and I genuinely believe Gary Johnson is building a team that could bring us back to the Football League this season.
“I love my life in Nottingham and married my wife Mel last year. It is my home now but my roots will always be in Torbay. It was an amazing childhood living in the Bay and so special to have regular updates from the Torbay Weekly.”