National Lottery investment helps Eardisley Tennis Club to realise dream with new court (From Hereford Times)
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National Lottery investment helps Eardisley Tennis Club to realise dream with new court
11:30am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
THERE were plenty of celebrations in the air as Eardisley Tennis Club opened their new facilities.
The club has been able to engage in a major expansion after receiving a £50,000 grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund towards the overall project cost of around £70,000.
The scheme included buying the land for the development, specialist fencing and all building work related to the new court, croquet lawn and bridge to access the site.
Fine Turf were commissioned to prepare the ground with laser levelling and drainage and then seeded the Wimbledon grade turf.
Courtstall built and prepared the tennis court along with fencing around the court and the addition of a new access point for the original courts.
The Eardisley scheme is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving Lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.
“The whole of our facility has now been refurbished and all courts repainted,” said the club’s press officer Daisy Bishop.
Around 100 members and guests arrived to see Olive Morgan, one of the club’s oldest members, carry out the official opening.
Olive’s family originally provided the land for Eardisley Tennis Court in 1929 when William Davies and William Smith paid £38 and 10 shillings.
And it was from Olive’s brother, Clive Davies, that the club bought the land for the new development.
She thanked Jan Baker and previous members of the committee for all of their hard work and perseverance in resurrecting the club back in 1995.
She also thanked the current committee for their continued hard work in improving the facilities on offer, including the recent new court and croquet lawn and also the mini court and practice wall.
Olive was assisted in carrying out the official opening by Slammin Suzi, one of the LTA Mini Tennis characters.
The club’s recent advances have seen them achieve both Mini-Tennis and LTA Clubmark accreditation as well as being awarded club-of-the-year in the Herefordshire Sports awards in 2011.
The opening ceremony was preceded by a junior tournament which saw 11-year-old Tobi Watts beat Jay Williams (14) in an exciting final, The afternoon saw more than £250 raised towards club funds.
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