IT’S GAME, set and match for Saddleworth Tennis Club as their recently resurfaced courts have now been painted ready for use by members.
The 130-year-old club, off Calf Lane, Greenfield, launched a campaign in January 2016 to raise £25,000 to resurface their three courts, which had become virtually unplayable.
Through fundraising events, donations and sponsorship from local businesses, a loan from Lancashire LTA and a £1,000 grant from Forever Manchester, their target was achieved.
The courts have been resurfaced with tarmac and now finally spray painted with acrylic paint so they can be enjoyed by members old and new of all ages.
Neil Gaskell, committee member, explained: “Having to wait for the right weather was very frustrating since the courts were resurfaced towards the end of the 2016 season – but the whole journey has been worthwhile.
“On behalf of Saddleworth Tennis Club I would like to thank you all for your support whether it be donations, publicity or general help. We could not have kept the club going without you all.”
The upgraded courts were showcased – pre painting – during a family fun day last month, when several new members signed up to the club.
There was mini tennis for parents and children, adult cardio sessions and the chance to have a knock with friends or other family members.
And there was another good turnout at the club’s fundraising wine tasting evening in May, which was hosted by Urban Grapevine’s very knowledgeable Alison Wilson.