Ten­nis club to serve suc­cess after open­ing of new courts

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POYN­TON Ten­nis Club has plenty of rea­sons to smile after open­ing its new ten­nis courts.

The club wel­comed Mac­cles­field MP David Rutley as guest of hon­our to open two hard courts.

It means that the club now pro­vides seven courts, in­clud­ing four all-weather and three hard courts, so ten­nis can be played through the year.

Fundrais­ing for the de­vel­op­ment project also re­sulted in new flood­lights and im­prove­ments to fenc­ing and path­ways.

Much of the work was paid for us­ing Sport Eng­land fund­ing, as well as do­na­tions from mem­bers.

The club also ben­e­fits from support from its spon­sor Fastrak Re­tail Ltd, which has paid for the ju­nior team kit and equip­ment.

The event ear­lier in Septem­ber saw speeches and a rib­bon cut­ting be­fore ju­nior mem­bers rushed to the courts to demon­strate their skills.

The event con­tin­ued with the An­nual Rose­bowl tour­na­ment, which was won by Pauline Kil­patrick and Si­mon Pig­gott.

A large crowd of se­nior and ju­nior play­ers gath­ered to hear Alas­tair Nicholson, the project man­ager for the work, as he spoke of the jour­ney from orig­i­nally ap­ply­ing to Sport Eng­land for grant fund­ing through to the ap­point­ment of con­trac­tors for the courts, the plan­ning ap­proval for flood­lights, and fi­nally the paint­ing of the courts in a strik­ing “US Open” blue with a green sur­round.

‘I hope more lo­cal res­i­dents will take the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved’

He also thanked new spon­sor Fastrak Re­tail Ltd for its gen­er­ous do­na­tions and Poyn­ton Round Ta­ble and the Cheshire Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (LTA) for its support too.

In­di­vid­u­ally Alas­tair thanked Michael Ather­fold, the club ten­nis coach, who has built up the ju­nior team to almost 100 mem­bers, and David My­ers, Trevor Green and Nigel Glas­gow, who were in the de­vel­op­ment team.

Fi­nally he spoke of the fund­ing ap­peal to mem­bers which had raised over £10,000.

Mr Rutley said: “It was a real hon­our to be asked to open the new courts at Poyn­ton Ten­nis Club and to see the progress be­ing made at the club. The num­ber of young mem­bers is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late the ten­nis club, and the Poyn­ton Sports Club more widely, on all that they are do­ing for the vil­lage and its res­i­dents.

“I hope more lo­cal res­i­dents now take the op­por­tu­nity to get more in­volved and take ad­van­tage of th­ese out­stand­ing new ten­nis fa­cil­i­ties.”

The Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion has re­cently com­pleted a health check at the club and re­newed its Club­mark sta­tus for a fur­ther four years.

The Club­mark award is recog­ni­tion of the club’s ex­cel­lent stan­dards, com­pre­hen­sive ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme and ap­proved poli­cies and pro­ce­dures.

A spokesman for Fastrak re­tail said: “The club is proud of this achieve­ment and we’re equally proud to have helped.”

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