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Tennis courts refurbished thanks to £12,000 grant

An amateur tennis club near Walsall has unveiled its newly refurbished tennis courts, after receiving a grant of more than £12,000 from Enovert Community Trust to fund the project. 

Due to the popularity and frequent use of Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club, the existing tarmac court surfaces had become worn and damaged, causing significant problems, both for the quality of play and the safety of players, with some training sessions cancelled due to safety concerns. The refurbished playing surfaces have been smoothed, cleaned and renovated, with a blue colour applied to the surface to make the ball more visible to players and spectators. 

 Chris Perrin, Secretary at Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club, said: “The Club provides the only floodlit facility open to the public for miles around, so it was vital that we secured a grant to refurbish the dilapidated courts ahead of the dark winter months. 

“The project has delivered a safe, enjoyable and attractive environment for young people and adults to play tennis. We hope that the improvements will lead to an increase in the number of new players, as regular exercise and team sport can have great benefits in terms of health, social and physical outcomes. 

“We are very grateful to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant, which has ensured the Club can continue to provide opportunities for the local community to enjoy this wonderful sport.” 

Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club is frequently used by club members and Cheslyn Hay High School during the day and also offers opportunities to members of the public. Throughout the year, the club provides over 20 hours of affordable tennis opportunities each week for youth and adult players, as well as outreach schemes such as ‘Tennis for Free’, which provides free training sessions for disadvantaged young people, people with disabilities and minority communities. 

Enovert Community Trust provided a grant of £12,280 through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), an innovative tax credit scheme that enables Landfill Operators to contribute money to a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust said: "Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club does fantastic work providing accessible and inclusive tennis coaching and facilities to the local community. The Trustees were delighted to fund this project, which has ensured the Club can continue to offer opportunities for all to enjoy a game of tennis.”