Calne Tennis Club lands smashing £50,000 grant

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Calne Tennis Club is closer to realising its plans of building four flood-lit courts at Beversbrook Sports Centre after a £50,000 grant from Viridor.

The project, which gained planning permission in October, will see the first tennis courts installed at Beversbrook at a cost of an estimated £197,000.

The club rents tennis courts at St Mary’s School and uses the public courts at the Anchor Recreation Ground, but these are in poor condition.

Katherine West, secretary of the tennis club, said this meant the club was essentially homeless and it needed new tennis courts to encourage residents to take up the sport.

She also stressed that the new courts at Beversbrook would be available for members of the public to hire.

Ms West, 47, of Riverside, Calne, said: “We are trying to build up a club and we just need our own home. Even if we got two courts built we could always get more built when we get more money.

“At the moment a lot of people are put off because the courts at Anchor Road are in such a poor condition. I would like to think that having our own club we can provide adequate facilities.

“With Calne expanding, Beversbrook is probably the more desirable place because there’s more sport up there.”

Training at the club, which was set up in 1989, is provided by a self-employed coach. It has 45 young people and 35 adults signed up for various sessions.

The successful grant application is a big step forward for the club, as it will allow it to apply for more funding from other organisations.

Ms West, who is a health visitor’s assistant, said: “We have put a grant application in to Sport England, but it wouldn’t commit until someone else had committed.

“We are also in a position to go back to the Lawn Tennis Association because it is aware of the project and it may match the amount we have been given.

“We have worked so hard on the application and Viridor obviously thought that the project was going to benefit not just the club but the community, which is the main reason we are doing it.”

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