Tennis courts

Tennis courts in Swanage upgraded

UNE VILLE celebrated the opening of its newly renovated courts.

Members of the Swanage Tennis Club have just celebrated the upgrade of the Beach Gardens tennis courts in Swanage. Following the upgrade, there are now three lighted Astro-turf courts as well as the three tarmacs. All courts are available to hire and are now said to be among the best public tennis facilities in Dorset.

The club welcomed Swanage Mayor Cllr Tina Foster to officially open the new, modernized ground. She was joined by club president Judy Longman, councilors Chris Moreton and Bill Trite, and past club presidents Helen Knight, Sam Christmas and Sue Tindale, Mike Angel and Tony Saunders, and the current acting president. , Deborah Miller.

Swanage City Council has agreed to include the project in its capital plan for the financial year 2021/22 and to make a financial contribution to the works of £6,000. This, together with the very generous grant of £4,000 from Dorset Council and a donation of just over £8,000 from the Co-op, made the project possible.

The celebration was part of a weekend of competitive tennis by club players who had reached the final of the club championships.

Oscar Mann and Josh Titley showed skillful tennis in the 14-and-under competition. The Ladies Doubles Plate final between Susie Eatwell, Gillian Humphries, Liz Lovibond and Leonora Stephen also took place. Jamie McDonald triumphed over club coach Paul Marchant to win the men’s singles title with Jo Kiddell and Jane Langstaff beating mother and daughter in pairing Maisie and Becky Gate to win the women’s doubles title.

Deborah Miller thanked everyone for supporting the court upgrade project and said it will “ensure that the quality of the tennis facilities will continue to be improved and maintained to a very high standard, particularly for our future generations”.

Anyone interested in learning to play tennis or hiring a court should contact Ryan Trickey the club coach at justplaytennis@hotmail.com or visit the club website at www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/swanagetennisclub


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