Lancaster Tennis Club celebrates funding boost

From left Sandra Eccles, Steve Galloway, Mayor of Lancaster Jon Barry, Susan Lucas, Steve Garland, Ian Shaw (Lancashire Tennis), Paddy Maher (chairman) and Pat Clelland.
From left Sandra Eccles, Steve Galloway, Mayor of Lancaster Jon Barry, Susan Lucas, Steve Garland, Ian Shaw (Lancashire Tennis), Paddy Maher (chairman) and Pat Clelland.

Lancaster Tennis Club is celebrating a major funding boost.

The Lune Road club has been awarded £64,000 for the refurbishment of its three astro turf courts through the Sport England Inspired Facilities scheme.

As well as the work on the existing courts which have been in need of an upgrade for some time, there are also plans to build a mini court to support the club’s junior programme.

Club chairman Paddy Maher said: “Our club is very grateful to Sport England for this funding which is much valued.

“We have been growing our membership, and especially junior numbers, in recent years but our courts have been an increasing problem.

“Together with our refurbished clubhouse and disabled toilet, funded by Sport England, Galbraith Trust and EDF, the club will be able to offer really good facilities to members.”

Lancaster Tennis Club is among 149 projects to secure a share of £16.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England that will help improve facilities and playing fields across the country.

The announcement comes as Sport England revealed that it has reached a major funding milestone – having invested £5 billion in grassroots sport in the last 20 years.

Sport England’s Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “£5 billion is a huge sum of money, but it’s the projects and people that that money supports which are really important.

“We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.

“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country.

“By giving people top-class, sustainable facilities in which to play sport, and by improving and protecting our playing surfaces, we’re ensuring that more people can pay sport, more often.”

Lancaster Tennis Club will hold its next open day from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, June 14. All welcome.

Any enquiries about the club and membership can be made to Sandra Eccles on email sandra.eccles@talktalk.net or by calling 07752 619241.