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Tennis club nets £46K for floodlights
9:24am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A ROMSEY tennis club has been given a cash handout from a national sports body.
Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club is one of a number of sports clubs across Hampshire sharing a £3m cash windfall.
Sport England has given the 173-member club £46,200 to install floodlights at its courts at Romsey Sports Centre.
Currently, the club is only able to run evening sessions in the summer. Floodlights will enable players to stay on court in the evenings throughout the year.
Club officials are now going to submit a planning application for the lights with the Test Valley Borough Council. Club development officer, Veronica Broughton-Shaw, said it was good news for tennis players in the town.
“Test Valley Borough Council is resurfacing all four tennis courts. We lease two of them and we’ve now got the welcome funding from Sport England to install the floodlights.
“We will be holding a little celebration at 2pm on Saturday with a free taster session. We’ve got Romsey MP, Caroline Nokes, coming along.”
Acknowledging this was positive news for the club, Ms Nokes said: “I am aware of the excellent work RATC does promoting tennis in town and how hard they work to make sure there are opportunities for young people. This grant will enable a much better upgrade of facilities and I am delighted it can go ahead.”
In recent years the club has started a comprehensive programme of activities for juniors including Teddy Tennis for the under 5s; a girls club to encourage teenage girls to play; sessions for “Romsey Young Carers; and free taster sessions for community groups like the Guides.
Following the erection of lights, Ms Broughton-Shaw said the club’s long-term aim was to build a clubhouse, which could be shared by other groups.
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