At the start of the new tennis season, West Bridgford Tennis Club has unveiled three newly resurfaced outdoor courts.
The club, off Wilford Lane, hopes the improvements will help maintain and grow membership and continue to nurture local talented players.
The project was funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and club reserves.
Councillor Gordon Wheeler, who supported the bid, said that the previous outdoor courts were worn out after 20 years’ service, so the new artificial surface will hopefully attract new members of all ages.
The overall cost of the three newly resurfaced courts is £49,200, with both LIS and the tennis club contributing £24,600 each. The ongoing maintenance of the courts will be met by the club.
Coun Wheeler said: “Tennis is one of the best activities for all-round fitness and in the age of social media, it is vital we engage young people with exercise and outdoor activities.
“The club attracts tennis players of all ages and during the tennis season is a real hub of activity.
“There is no better sight than seeing children engaging with sport at a young age, and through the club’s Outreach programme, there is a thriving junior membership, which every club needs for future growth.”
The new, durable Tiger Turf is safe to play on in any weather and minimises the risk of joint injuries.
Club secretary and Junior Programme co-ordinator Jill Shelvey said that through the club’s Outreach programme, coaching was now offered to 10 Rushcliffe primary schools.
“The funding we receive from Bridgeway Consulting means we can introduce children to tennis at an early age through free coaching and tennis fun days,” Jill said.
“All the money we raise is ploughed back into club reserves which means we are always upgrading and refurbishing facilities and equipment.”