New tennis courts for historic Saddleworth club after successful campaign

A HISTORIC tennis club is undergoing a revamp of its courts after a successful campaign to prevent them closing after 130 years.

The ‘Save Saddleworth Tennis Club’ campaign was launched in January to help collect the £25,000 needed to resurface the three tennis courts, which had become virtually unplayable.

Through their fundraising events, they raised nearly £2,000 and also received generous donations and sponsorship from some local businesses.

Along with a loan from Lancashire LTA and a £1,000 grant from Forever Manchester for new nets and posts, they have now accumulated enough money to commence work on the courts.

Worked started on Friday, 22 July for ten days, and painting of the courts will be carried out in August.

Now, the club is looking to increase its membership and welcomes people to try out the sport on their new courts.

There will be two summer tennis camps from August 16-18 and August 30 – September 1 as well as a six-week taster session for 11-17 year olds in September, funded by Oldham Youth Council.

The club is particularly keen to attract more female players and a new ladies-only fitness cardio tennis session will start on Monday mornings from 9.30am – 10.30am from September 5.

Anyone interested in attending any of the courses should contact coach Sean Stafford by emailing: sean@sstenniscoaching.co.uk. Membership enquires to: wschelowok@yahoo.co.uk

 

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