Straights sets for new fencing at village tennis courts

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Tennis enthusiasts of all ages can continue to enjoy the game for years to come thanks to community grant funding from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Established over 65 years ago, Middleton Cheney Tennis Club has provided a safe, friendly environment for all the community to play tennis as well as gain the benefit of skilled coaching, club sessions and competitive play, whether beginners, improvers or performance players.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, SNC's portfolio holder for finance and procurement, said: "When facilities such as these are so well used by so many it is inevitable that they need upgrading from time to time.

"These tennis courts have been a community fixture for decades and are of great benefit in encouraging people of all ages and abilities to pick up a racket and get active.

"Tennis is a wonderful game, both socially and physically, so it is wonderful that we can help to ensure the success of these tennis courts for many more decades to come."

The three tennis courts are currently protected by chain link fencing, some of which is now over 25 years old and has now fallen into disrepair. With the community grant from SNC of £7,124.52 Middleton Cheney Tennis Club will be able to install stronger and more durable mesh fencing.

With this stronger fencing in place there will be a reduction in maintenance and court downtime and a safer more secure environment for all, especially the club juniors.

Community grants are available to organisations and individuals located in, or associated with the district. A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for help, both large (buildings and infrastructure) and small (equipment and local schemes).

The next deadline for grant applications is Wednesday, 31 May. 2017.

For more information on grants available from SNC and how to apply, visit the community grants page or email the Grants Officer, Katie Arnold or call 01327 322216.