The tennis section of Driffield Town Cricket and Recreation Club has been awarded £9,000 of Commuted Sums to enable the club to refurbish the existing two tennis courts at the club.
Mondegreen EB Environmental Body, Landfill Communities Fund, also awarded the club £20,000 towards the project.
The project has allowed club members old and new to continue training/playing matches during the evenings throughout the winter months.
Driffield Town Cricket & Recreation Club has facilities for several sports, including cricket, bowls, and tennis. The land is owned by Trustees of the Club and is managed by an Executive Committee which includes two representatives from each playing section and independent elected playing members.
The tennis section of the club was established in the early 1920s, having four grass courts. Over the decades, a further two grass courts and two all weather courts were added. In 1996 the all weather courts were extended to provide an additional court together with the addition of floodlights over two of them. There is also a practice wall.
Although the tennis section is a membership club, the all weather courts are open to the public all year round on a pay-as-you-go basis; £3 adults, £2 junior per session, and these fees contribute to the maintenance of the facilities.
Last year with these fees and other fundraising, the club replaced the floodlights with LED fittings as the initial phase of the improvements; this enabled their junior and adult coaching sessions to continue during the evenings throughout the year.
Anita Oxtoby, Secretary of the tennis section, said:-
"We are extremely grateful to both Mondegreen and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for acknowledging the tennis section's aims and ambitions for the future and for their financial support to thisproject. Without their help it is doubtful whether we would have been able to raise sufficient money to resurface the courts and continue with our all year round coaching sessions for both adults and juniors. Since the club first had hard courts laid,the cost of specialistresurfacing and repaintinghas spiralled,so this help has been a tremendous boost to the section".
Angela Pease, Community Projects Manager Mondegreen EB, added:-
“ Sandsfield Gravel and Mondegreen are delighted to have been involved with this exciting project. Resurfacing of the three tennis courts will enable more juniors/young people to develop an interest and participate year round, whilst at the same time encourage adults of all abilities to re-engage with tennis. The improved courts will increase coaching opportunities and social tennis as well as competition.”
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