Eardisley Tennis Club to add new court thanks to Sport England's £50,000 grant

Eardisley Tennis Club are Herefordshire Sport’s reigning Club of the Year award winners. Former Paralympic Association chief executive Phil Lane with club members (from left) Peter Bishop, Emma Bowen, Steve Barnett, Norma Bishop and Alastair Ross.

Eardisley Tennis Club are Herefordshire Sport’s reigning Club of the Year award winners. Former Paralympic Association chief executive Phil Lane with club members (from left) Peter Bishop, Emma Bowen, Steve Barnett, Norma Bishop and Alastair Ross.

First published in Sport

EARDISLEY Tennis Club also have plenty to celebrate after netting £50,000 from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

The club, which was first established in 1929, was revived in 1998 and has two full-size hard courts as well as smaller courts for junior members.

Last year, the club bought some additional land and the grant, which is part of the legacy from London 2012, means that the club can now create an additional, third court.

“A lot of work has gone in to increasing our junior membership over the past year,” said chairman and treasurer Alastair Ross.

“This investment, which we are delighted to have secured, means we can build on our success in encouraging more members of the local community of all ages to participate in regular sporting activity.”

As well as providing plenty of opportunities for junior players to advance in the game, the club runs three men’s teams and one women’s team during the summer season as well as mixed winter league team.

But they now plan an element of diversification as part of the improvements programme which can now be funded by the award is the setting up of a croquet lawn at the club.

“It’s one way of future-proofing the club,” said secretary and vice- chairman Peter Bishop.

“The additional court and the new croquet lawn will provide a lasting 2012 Olympic legacy,” added Ross.

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