Shinfield Tennis Club is enjoying its new facilities after its new courts and clubhouse were officially opened by Peter Bretherton, President of the Lawn Tennis Association, and Hannah Bladen from Sport England.
The club received £50,000 through Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to install floodlights on all four of its courts and to construct a new clubhouse. Inspired Facilities is part of Sport England’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme Places People Play and is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish their sports clubs
The number of players joining the club has grown in recent years, with the club now counting 230 players in its ranks compared to 60 players in 2009.
“We have a very good coaching programme which means children can have a lesson on a Saturday morning on one court while mum and dad have coaching on another,” said Rob Walters, Chairman of Shinfield Tennis Club.
“It is a family sport and we take beginners and make them into decent players. A lot of rusty players or beginners now join us on club nights.”
The project also received funding from the Lawn Tennis Association, Wokingham Borough Council and Shinfield Parish Council to increase membership, improve coaching and competitions.