Funding Boost For Stapleford Tennis Courts

12th June 2013 staplefordcommunitygroup Broxtowe Borough Council Tags: , 0 Comments

Newly refurbished tennis courts at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Stapleford will be officially opened this month, just in time for Wimbledon season.

Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall will officially open the refurbished tennis courts at 1.00pm on Sunday 23rd June during a Tennis Open Day hosted by Lakeside Tennis Club with free taster sessions, activities and competitions between 12.00pm and 4.00pm.

The improvements including new fencing, court resurfacing, line painting and new tennis nets have been made thanks to £18,500 funding from SITA Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund, along with a similar amount of match funding from Broxtowe Borough Council.

Broxtowe Borough Council Cabinet Members for Environment, Councillor Richard Robinson said:

“The improvements to tennis courts are a fantastic boost for the local community and will ensure that local people can enjoy a high quality, accessible facility right on their doorstep for years to come.”

SITA Trust set up the funding programme for sites that have been protected through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, which aimed to protect 2012 playing fields by the end of 2012 as a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Broxtowe Borough Council signed up to the Challenge and four parks and open spaces in the borough were awarded Queen Elizabeth II status last year including Queen Elizabeth II Park, Stapleford, as well as Broadgate Park, Beeston; Coronation Park, Eastwood and Hall Om Wong Open Space, Kimberley.

The award offers each of the parks protection as areas of green space for the public to enjoy and enables the Council to bid for funding to further improve the sites.

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added:

“We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said:

“We are thrilled that Queen Elizabeth II Park, Stapleford, has been successful in its application to receive funding through this fantastic opportunity from SITA Trust. The generous support that SITA Trust have already provided through their QEII Fields Fund has been hugely popular so far and it is great to see even more QEII Fields receiving substantial grants to improve their facilities, keeping their sites fit for the future.”

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on the details provided or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/leisure

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