Tennis facilities reopen for everybody to enjoy
FOUR tennis courts have received an £18,500 refurbishment just in time for the start of Wimbledon.
The new playing surfaces at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Toton Lane, Stapleford, were officially reopened on Sunday to coincide with the start of the world’s premier grass tournament yesterday.
The improvements include new fencing, court resurfacing, line painting and nets.
Coach Jan Burnett of J. B. Tennis, based in Stapleford, said: “The new courts are far better than the previous ones and mean that a better level of tennis can be played.
“These are the highest-quality courts in the area with nothing coming close.
“Because they are grant-funded, anyone can come along and play, which is great.”
The four renovated courts were officially opened by councillor Stan Heptinstall.
The Bramcote Ward representative and deputy mayor of the borough of Broxtowe said: “The quality of this new facility is superb.
“We have already had a lot of people going to have a game of tennis.
“People watch tennis on TV and think they could do it. Now they have the opportunity to give it a go.
“Events like the Olympics and Wimbledon always engage people to take up sport and they now have a facility to do that.”
The £18,500 was provided by the SITA Trust, with match funding from Broxtowe Borough Council.
Chairman Marek Gordon of SITA Trust said: “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.”
Members of the public can use the courts from Monday to Friday from noon to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am until 8pm.
By Dan Russell