Crackley celebrations set with tennis club grant

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Kenilworth Tennis Club is set to receive a grant of up to £30,000 from Warwick District Council to help refurbish five of its tennis courts.

The work will involve resurfacing two of the Crackley Lane club’s artificial grass courts, removing moss from three of its hard-surface courts, improving fences around four courts and installing a new gate to improve security.

Louise Best, the tennis secretary, welcomed the grant, which will cover half the costs of the work.

She said: “This grant will allow us to continue to offer the very best tennis facilities to our members and community groups in the town.

“Once the work is completed we will be holding an open day to show off the newly refurbished courts.”

The council said its decision to award the grant was based on the club’s “important role” in the community.

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form use the courts for tennis matches, St Nicholas school holds PE lessons there and the club takes part in the Great British Tennis Weekend, an annual event where many clubs across the country allow members of the public to play for free.

The club on Crackley Lane also hosts camps for children during the school holidays.

Artificial grass courts and hard-surface courts both require regular maintenance to ensure they are safe to play on.

Poor drainage caused by wear-and-tear can cause puddles to form, and cold weather can cause potholes to emerge on hard-surface courts.

James Roe, the club’s head coach, had written a letter to the council explaining the courts would not survive another winter season if no work was done.

He said: “The courts were coming to the end of their life.

“They were fine when they were bone-dry, but they could become slippery when wet, which is potentially dangerous.

“The courts were very uneven in certain parts, and could produce bad bounces during matches.

“I’m extremely happy with the council’s decision - it’s just what the club needs.”

Work on the courts is expected to start in the autumn.