It’s game on to discover a set of colourful four-foot high tennis balls around Shrewsbury to win a prize.

The Shrewsbury Tennis Ball Trail is now in place and people are being encouraged to take part in a journey of discovery to find the 12 caricatures of tennis balls at different locations around the town.

People just need to find the location of the 12 tennis balls, write down the sponsor and key phrase on the back of each of them, and then submit their entries to have a chance of winning lots of great prizes.

Entry is free and forms with a map of the trail can be downloaded from the tournament website and also collected from a variety of shops and businesses in the town centre, including the Visitor Information Centre at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

The competition runs until 30th March, but the balls will be in place until 19th April. The trail is part of the countdown to the prestigious Budgen Motors World Tennis Tour event at The Shrewsbury Club. The $60,000 tournament, part of the International Tennis Federation’s world tennis calendar, is, outside of the grass court season, the biggest event in women’s tennis in the UK in 2020.

Leading players will compete to lift the Citroen Trophy between March 30 and April 5.

Local company Darwin Composites created the 12 balls for the trail – eight of which have been painted by Shrewsbury College students. The trail is supported by Shrewsbury BID.

Dave Courteen, The Shrewsbury Club’s managing director, said: “The 12 tennis balls have now been installed around the town and the search is on with some great prizes to be had.

“The trail can be followed on foot around the town, it’s something which can be enjoyed by all the family and is a great way to lead into the Budgen Motors World Tennis Tour event.”

Prizes include three-month family memberships to The Shrewsbury Club, four tickets to attend a VIP lunch and finals day at the World Tennis Tour W60 at The Shrewsbury Club on April 5, and two tickets to enjoy a day’s play at the Fever-Tree Championships, a men’s tennis event held just before Wimbledon, at London’s Queen’s Club in June.

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said: “The trail has already created a lot of interest and we would love to see as many people as possible out and about looking for these four foot tennis balls – they’re not all that difficult to spot!

“There are some great prizes to be won and it will set the scene nicely for the major international tennis tournament coming to Shrewsbury in March, an event we are all really looking forward to.”

To find out more about the World Tennis Tour tournament, including how to buy tickets, which are now on sale, visit the World Tennis Tour website.