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SLIDE SHOW: Wisbech Tennis Club unveils £226,000 new facilities

Offical opening of new Wisbech tennis club courts by Steve Barclay. ANL-150419-162130009
Offical opening of new Wisbech tennis club courts by Steve Barclay. ANL-150419-162130009

Wisbech Tennis Club unveiled its £226,000 new facilities during a grand opening last week.

After 112 years of playing on grass courts, the club now boasts two floodlit artificial clay courts, along with a self-contained mini court at their site, which is adjacent to the town’s Hudson Leisure Centre.

Players will also be able to enjoy a new clubhouse – including changing rooms and kitchen – thanks to contractor Nick Barker, architect Gareth Edwards and a team of builders.

Labour and materials for the project were donated for free.

More than 100 people went along to watch as Conservative Parliamentary candidate Steve Barclay cut the ribbon.

He was helped by the club’s oldest and youngest members – five-year-old Henry Davies and Pauline Maris, who is 83.

The project received funding from Sport England, the Hudson Foundation, AmeyCespa Community Fund, Cambridgeshire LTA Executive, Tennis 4 Cambridgeshire, the Grange Wind Farm Community Fund and A Local Wish.

Building started at the end of September and was completed in December.

The self-contained mini court is unique in this area, and gives the facility to coach children, adults and disabled players.

The club’s open sessions are held on: Tuesdays, 10am-11.30am; Wednesday 2-3.30 pm; Thursday 6pm onwards; and Sunday 11am to noon.

A booking system is in place on Mondays from 6pm.

Anyone is welcome to turn up and try out the new facilities.

For further information call Sue Beel on 0754 9263767 or email wtcmembership@hotmail.co.uk or go to www.wisbechtennisclub.org.uk

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